Julian Edelman expected to miss three weeks with thumb issue

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The Patriots have a number of young receivers to break in during training camp.

They’ll have a chance at plenty of reps, in the absence of some elders.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, veteran wideout Julian Edelman will miss approximately three weeks with a thumb issue. He’s currently wearing a small brace on his left thumb.

With Edelman on the sidelines (along with the physically unable to perform Demaryius Thomas), the Patriots will take a look at a number of new targets the next few weeks, including first-rounder N'Keal Harry and free agent addition Dontrelle Inman, part of an aggressive remake of their receiving corps.