|Report: Julian Edelman (concussion) stays at home, won’t play Sunday vs. Jets||12.20.14 at 5:20 pm ET|
FOXBORO — After being limited all week in practice with a concussion, the Patriots have decided to let Julian Edelman stay home and watch the team’s game against the Jets.
In a move first reported by Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots made the decision to leave for their short trip to New York without their leading receiver in tow.
Edelman played the final minutes of last Sunday’s game against the Dolphins and spoke to reporters after the game, showing no indication of a possible head injury. Edelman’s name appeared on the injury list as limited with a concussion after Wednesday’s practice, leading to speculation that he suffered the injury during practice on Wednesday.
Edelman, who has also been dealing with a thigh injury suffered in the win over the Colts Nov. 16, was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday before Saturday’s decision by the team.
Edelman has 92 catches for 972 yards and four touchdowns. His 92 catches are 16 better than Rob Gronkowski.
With Edelman sidelined, Danny Amendola figures to step up his role from returning kicks. Brian Tyms could get more reps as well as tight end Tim Wright.
Julian Edelman (concussion, thigh) did not travel with the Patriots today and will not play tomorrow vs. the Jets, according to two sources.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) December 20, 2014
|Julian Edelman (thigh/concussion), LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) among 12 questionable vs. Jets||12.19.14 at 4:05 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots had perfect attendance for the last two days of practice but there remain several question marks when it comes to the health and readiness of the team for Sunday’s game against the 3-11 Jets at MetLife Stadium.
As a matter of fact, 12 players were limited for a second straight day and all 12 are officially listed as questionable (50-50 chance of playing) by the Patriots in their final injury report of the week.
Leading that list is Julian Edelman (thigh/concussion), who apparently received a concussion this week during practice. Edelman played in the closing moments of Sunday’s win over the Dolphins and spoke to reporters, not likely if he had been playing with the suspicion of a head injury. LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), Kyle Arrington (hamstring) and Danny Aiken (finger) are among the 12 players limited.
Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) remained a full participant.
Here is Friday’s complete practice report:
LS Danny Aiken (finger) QUESTIONABLE
CB Kyle Arrington (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE
RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
OL Dan Connolly (knee) QUESTIONABLE
WR Julian Edelman (thigh/concussion) QUESTIONABLE
OL Cameron Fleming (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
DE Chandler Jones (hip) QUESTIONABLE
WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
DE Rob Ninkovich (heel) QUESTIONABLE
RB Shane Vereen (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
LB Chris White (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
QB Tom Brady (ankle) PROBABLE
FOXBORO — For a second straight day, the Patriots had perfect attendance on a cold, gray day on the lower practice field outside Gillette Stadium.
The 11-3 Patriots are preparing for Sunday’s game against the 3-11 Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Edeman played in the final minutes of Sunday’s win and spoke postgame, leading to speculation that the injury occurred during Wednesday’s practice. Having him present at the start of practice on Thursday and again on Friday is a good sign for his availability Sunday.
The team worked out in sweats and shells.
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|Julian Edelman (thigh/concussion) present at Patriots practice Thursday||12.18.14 at 12:25 pm ET|
All Patriots players were in attendance at the start of practice Thursday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, according to multiple reports. The team is preparing for Sunday’s game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
This comes a day after Julian Edelman had a concussion added to his name on the injury report Wednesday. Given he played in the final minutes of Sunday’s win and spoke postgame, there was a thought the injury occurred in Wednesday’s practice. Having him present at the start of practice on Thursday is a good sign for his availability Sunday.
Practice squad offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann returned to practice after not being present at the start of Wednesday’s session.
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|Julian Edelman loves to watch his ‘Clydesdale’ Tom Brady run like Michael Vick||12.14.14 at 9:58 pm ET|
“It’s always fun to see the Clydesdale run,” Edelman said. “He’s been working hard on his little mobility stuff. He takes that to heart. It always fun to see him get fired up after a run. I call him Brady-Vick. He’s always had unbelievable pocket awareness. It’s always great to seeing the big dog out there moving the chains.”
Told the third-and-11 run was 17 yards, Edelman was incredulous.
“It was 17 yards? That was the slowest 17 yards I’ve ever seen in my life,” Edelman said.
Of course, the first half was no laughing matter. The Patriots were spinning their wheels. They led 14-13 over the Dolphins but couldn’t put a lot of plays together.
“I can’t answer that question, ‘Why it didn’t work in the first half?'” Edelman said. “But I can answer that it was a little better in the second half. We definitely have to go out and work on starting it faster, plain and simple, because now each and every game has a little more value. We’ll definitely have to work on that and I’m sure that’ll be a focus with our coaches.
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|Julian Edelman on MFB: Dolphins will be ‘confident’ entering Sunday’s game||12.09.14 at 2:04 pm ET|
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday to look back on last Sunday’s win over the Chargers and ahead to this Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
The Patriots can win their sixth straight AFC East title Sunday with a win over the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. New England will also be seeking revenge on the Dolphins, as they defeated them Week 1 in South Florida.
“They are coming off a loss. I can tell you right now [Brent] Grimes is playing real well,” said Edelman. “That guy has made some big plays in the last few weeks. Had that interception against Detroit, I believe. He’s playing real good. They are banged up I think with [Cortland] Finnegan. With the Miami Dolphins you know what you are going to get. You’re going to get a team that plays sound defense, has a lot of explosive players on offense and they have guys that can rush the passer. They beat us Week 1 so they are going to come in here confident. We’re going to have to have a good week of preparation and get ready for going out and executing.”
Edelman had a big 69-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter in Sunday’s 23-14 win over the Chargers. The score put the Patriots ahead by nine points, as they were clinging to a two-point lead before the score.
“It was pretty much a play action [play] with [LeGarrette] Blount being Blount and our line selling a good play action fake — you know how the line is, they have to hit off the line — and Tom [Brady] putting the ball there making a read,” said Edelman of the play. “As a receiver you have to get open and catch the ball. We were all able to do that on that play and it turned into an explosive play. It was good. It came at a pretty good point in the game I guess to give us some breathing space.”
|Bill Belichick says Patriots fans in San Diego were ‘loud, vocal,’ atmosphere ‘almost like a college game’||12.08.14 at 12:19 pm ET|
Sunday night’s Chargers-Patriots game was played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, but by looking and hearing the crowd, it seemed more like Gillette Stadium, even though it is almost 3,000 miles away on the opposite coast.
Many Patriots fans made the trip across the country to support their team, something many players appreciated on the field during and after the game, as they saw their team come-from-behind in a 23-14 win over the Chargers on Sunday Night Football to improve to 10-3 on the season and stay atop the AFC standings.
“Thought there was a lot of energy in the stadium,” Belichick said on a conference call Monday. “Night game. Chargers in their powder blues. Definitely a lot of energy in the stadium, and there was a sea of Patriots fans behind our bench. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. They were all kind of in the same spot. It was almost like a college game — a game at a neutral site, where one side of the field is one team and the other side of the field is the other team. It wasn’t quite like that, but we had all those fans right behind us. They were loud, vocal.”
Belichick wasn’t the only one who acknowledged the support, as many players took to Twitter following the game sending out appreciative tweets.
New England will now return home for two of its final three games this season, a place they have been even more dominant — winning 15 straight home games, and are 56-12 at home after Halloween, the best winning percentage in the NFL over that span.