Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman left Sunday’s thriller against the Giants with a foot injury in the first half and did not return to action.
It will reportedly be a while before Edelman makes that return. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that Edelman has broken the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. Garafolo adds that it is believed to be “a true Jones fracture.”
If all that sounds familiar, it’s likely because they were part of the discussions that went on when Dez Bryant initially broke the same bone in his foot. Bryant was hurt in Week One and returned for the Cowboys’ Week Eight game against the Seahawks.
So it fits that Garafolo reports that a playoff return is possible for Edelman. At 9-0, it’s very likely that the Patriots are going to be in the postseason but their offense is going to have to adapt to a second big loss in as many weeks.
Edelman has been targeted the most of any player on the team and running back Dion Lewis was third on Tom Brady’s list when he tore his ACL. The Patriots had trouble moving the ball through the air at times against the Giants and they may have more as they’re also dealing with a lot of injury issues on their offensive line.
Of course, Brady still threw for 334 yards and led the drive to set up Stephen Gostkowski’s game-winning field goal so there’s reason to believe that New England will figure it out.