Patriots Can Breathe Sigh of Relief After Julian Edelman Injury Scare

Ryan Hannable
August 30, 2019 - 8:03 am

There was a bit of a scare in Thursday's final preseason game.

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Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas and Josh Gordon each saw action at the start of the New England Patriots final preseason game against the New York Giants after not playing at all in the preseason to that point. Following a catch on the opening drive, Edelman landed hard on his left wrist, the same hand on which he broke his thumb earlier this summer.

Edelman immediately went to the sideline and took off his glove before shaking out his hand. After speaking with head trainer Jim Whalen, the wide receiver appeared fine and was joking around with his teammates, including Tom Brady. He remained on the sideline for the remainder of the game.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, everything should be OK. Edelman did not re-injure his thumb, rather landed on his hand, but everything is expected to be fine.

Edelman, who played a total of five snaps on Thursday, did not make himself available to reporters after the game.

Edelman, who was the Super Bowl MVP last year, is an integral part of the Patriots offense, especially with Rob Gronkowski no longer on the team.

The 33-year-old wideout is a favorite target of Brady's, and while Gordon and Thomas could potentially add depth and give the receiving corps a boost this season, it is Edelman who will likely remain Brady's most-trusted receiver of the group.

The Patriots open the season on Sept. 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and it seems like Edelman will be ready to go by then.