New England Patriots fear worst on Julian Edelman's knee injury

Patriots receiver Edelman hurt in pre-season game

Patriots receiver Edelman hurt in pre-season game

The Patriots' dress rehearsal for the regular season may have cost them an important cast member. He limped off the field and was evaluated on the sideline before being taken to the locker room on a cart.

As reported Saturday, the Twitter account of the local network (CSN), a review of magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the diagnosis.

Edelman was fourth in the National Football League in receptions and 13th in receiving yards in the 2016-17 National Football League season, and was far-and-away Tom Brady's number one receiver, catching 60 more passes than any other Patriots wideout.

If Edelman is out for the season, or at least for an extended period of time, the Patriots will feel his loss but will also be able to turn to a variety of pass-catching options.

Edelman has been one of the Patriots' most consistent players since Wes Welker bolted in free agency in 2013, and has come up huge in the last two Super Bowl victories for the Pats, including a ridiculous catch against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI that kept New England's comeback hopes alive.

Receiver Julian Edelman left the game with a non-contact knee injury in the opening quarter and did not return. "I am relentless", he told Comcast SportsNet New England. Edelman, at 31-years-old, will now look to bounce back in the 2018 season. He is coming off a career-high 1,106-yard 2016 season.

In the first nine games of the season the offense averaged 33.6 points per game, but in the last seven games the offense averaged 23.1 points per game. He immediately grabbed his right knee before jumping up and limping unassisted off the field.

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