Edelman has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Bills as a result of the hand injury that’s kept him out of practice all week. That leaves the Patriots with Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Deion Branch and special teams ace Matthew Slater at wideout.
Edelman had seen a rise in his playing time through the first three weeks because the team felt he was a better fit as an outside receiver than Welker. They won’t have that option available to them for this game, which should mean another busy week for Welker. He caught eight passes for 142 yards against the Ravens in last Sunday night’s loss.
The team is also without tight end Aaron Hernandez, of course, and their other star at the position is also ailing. Rob Gronkowski popped up on the injury report for the first time this week with a hip injury and he’s listed as questionable for the game against Buffalo. He was only limited at practice on Friday, which leads us to believe that Gronkowski should be on the field.