Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman recently had foot surgery but is expected to be ready for training camp, ESPN reported Wednesday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter wrote that the surgery was a “cleanup procedure” and that Edelman was recently spotted using a motorized device to get around while wearing a protective boot on his foot.
Edelman, who turns 30 later this month, has missed nine games over the last two seasons due to various injuries. It was a broken foot suffered last November that kept Edelman out from Nov. 15 until the divisional playoffs in January.
Edelman has consistently produced as a slot receiver for the Patriots — he has 258 catches over the last three seasons — and getting him healthy and on the same page with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo through camp and the preseason figures to be important this season with quarterback Tom Brady facing a four-game suspension to start the year.
A seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2009 after playing quarterback at Kent State, Edelman has started 46 of 87 career games and has 21 career touchdown receptions, including a career-best seven touchdowns before suffering the injury last season.