Edelman, who is slated to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, relayed Tuesday that his surgically repaired knee continues to improve, NESN.com reports. "It's definitely feeling better and better," Edelman noted. "That's for sure. There's still things you have days where it's like, oh, this is tired. This. That. Our training staff has been working hard. They've been on top of it, and just doing all the little stuff, little exercises to keep stuff strengthened, this, that. It's been a grind." It's been just over a year since Edelman tore his ACL in the Patriots' third preseason game in 2017 and while his suspension is obviously not a desirable outcome, it does afford the 32-year-old PPR stalwart added healing/prep time in advance of his scheduled return to regular-season action in Week 5. Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Edelman is preparing to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants for some final tune-up work before his suspension kicks in this weekend. In Edelman's early season absence, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson are in line to head the team's wideout corps.
Edelman (suspension) didn't appear to be running full-go on his last couple of reps during team drills at Monday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Given Edelman's typically all-out style of play, Reiss views this nugget as noteworthy, in that "something seemed to be holding (Edelman) back" on those final practice reps Monday. The wideout -- who is bouncing back from an ACL injury that cost him the 2017 season -- was on the field for 16 snaps in this past Thursday's preseason opener against Washington. He was not targeted in the contest, but the mere fact that Edelman was out there in the first week of the preseason suggests that by the time he's eligible to return to action following the completion of his four-game suspension, he should be ready to roll. That is of course precluding any significant injury setbacks in the meantime.
Edelman (suspension) played 16 offensive snaps in Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Playing with Brian Hoyer on an ugly night for the New England offense, Edelman finished the game without a target but at least avoided any setbacks in his first contest since last August. While he should get some work with Tom Brady in the next two preseason games, Edelman will need to wait until Week 5 to make his 2018 regular-season debut.
Edelman will not appeal his four-game suspension in federal court, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Edelman's appeal to the NFL was denied in early July, and it sounds like he wouldn't have any real chance for success suing the league in court. Coming back from a torn ACL suffered last August, the 32-year-old wide receiver is allowed to participate in training camp and preseason. He took part in some team drills during OTAs and June minicamp, potentially setting him up for full participation Thursday at the outset of training camp. Edelman can make his regular-season debut Oct. 4 against the Colts.
Edeleman's appeal of his four-game suspension was denied Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Edelman's appeal was largely centered around the fact that the substance for which he tested positive was not recognized by the league's testers. Thus, he was believed to have somewhat of a shot of succeeding. However, the league's ruling has been upheld and the veteran pass catcher will be forced to miss the first four games of the season. He is returning from a torn ACL suffered last preseason, but his regular participation throughout the Patriots' offseason program, OTAs and minicamp suggest he is on track for a healthy start to the year. Chris Hogan now figures to be the team's temporary No. 1 receiver for the first four games of the season, while Jordan Matthews (knee), Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt (hamstring) and Cordarrelle Patterson will all presumably compete for snaps.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||Kansas City Chiefs||29||32.00|
|9||11/05||Green Bay Packers||28||32.00|
|12||11/25||@New York Jets||15||21.67|
|17||12/30||New York Jets||15||21.67|
|3 Year Avg||82||53||599||3||31||11.30||77|