Julian Edelman Feared to Have Torn ACL After Suffering Injury in Preseason Game Against Lions

Aug 25, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) holds his leg in pain after a play during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman fears he tore his right ACL when he suffered a noncontact injury two minutes into Friday’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions, league sources told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.

The Patriots do not yet know the severity of Edelman’s injury, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the team also suspects it is an ACL tear. An MRI is scheduled for Saturday to determine the full extent of the injury.

Asked after the game about Edelman, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he did not have an update.

Tom Brady, facing the loss of his most trusted receiver, said everyone on the Patriots is crossing their fingers.

“We’ll see what the extent is,” said Brady, who has played eight seasons with Edelman. “We’re all hoping for the best. It’s tough any time a teammate goes down. We’ve all been playing long enough where, when someone does, other people have to step in and fill the void.

“Hopefully that’s not the case, but, you know, we’ll figure it out tomorrow.”

Edelman, 31, suffered the injury less than two minutes into the game. He was running an in-breaking route, beat linebacker Jarrad Davis and caught the ball at Detroit’s 29-yard line. Edelman then turned up the field and planted his right foot into the turf at the 17 to avoid safety Tavon Wilson and lunged forward. He immediately reached to the back of his right knee.

Edelman walked off the field limping but unassisted. After a few minutes of being looked at in a makeshift tent, he was taken by cart to the locker room.

Edelman, who in June signed a two-year contract extension through 2019, had three catches for 52 yards before the injury. The Patriots used Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola with Edelman out of the game, which they won 30-28.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Michael Rothstein