Report: “Doubtful” Julian Edelman will be able to play entire 2021 season

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The Patriots have brought in a slew of new players this offseason and this month’s draft will introduce more fresh faces to the mix, but there are some holdovers from the old days still on hand.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman is part of that group, but word in February was that he was unsure his knee will be well enough for him to play in 2021. Edelman played six games last year before having surgery to alleviate swelling in his knee and never returned to the lineup.

According to a report from Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Edelman feeling well enough to play one game won’t necessarily mean that he’ll be well enough for the long haul. Guregian reports that the chronic nature of Edelman’s injury makes it “doubtful” that he would be able to play an entire season.

Edelman is under contract with a base salary of $2.8 million, which isn’t a ton of money for another team to absorb but a trade attempt would likely be hampered by the questions about his availability.

31 responses to “Report: “Doubtful” Julian Edelman will be able to play entire 2021 season

  1. Always admired the fire in this guy. His performance against the Falcons in SB LI was amazing – no one could cover him. Hope he mends quickly, fun player to watch.

  2. He’s probably behind this news leaking out there, because he wants to be released so he can go join his best friend in Tampa

  3. Yeah, so Edelman rehabs his butt off all season to come back this year and then tells Guregian that he prolly won’t be able to play much in 2021. She’s been inaccurate so many times with her reports it’s ridiculously incompetent.

  4. It’s time to think about life after football, Julian. You turned in a performance for the ages against the Atlanta Falcons in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and are also a likely NFL Hall of Fame player. (A HOF statistically comparable player is Lynn Swann.)

  5. Quite sure if Jules was that bad off, he’d retire before insanely rehabbing, just to come back to watch Cam thrown it in the dirt two feet in front of him.

  6. Thank you for your service, Jules. Time to walk away. You were always clutch. Your performance against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX was legendary.

  7. Edelperson is a genuine Patriot legend! If he can make it back: he will. He certainly is worth way more to the Patriots than any value he might get in a trade. Hope to see him back 1 more so season.

  8. Brown better take that offer quick. Bucs are pretty close to set at receiver and Edelman on the cheap as an extra would be easy for them to do.

  9. cylondetector says:
    April 8, 2021 at 1:33 pm
    Edelperson is a genuine Patriot legend! If he can make it back: he will. He certainly is worth way more to the Patriots than any value he might get in a trade. Hope to see him back 1 more so season.

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    Yep was caught cheating and still got a Super Bowl MVP.

  10. No way does he go to Bucs. They are loaded at the position and do not need him. And he is NOT a HOFer.

  11. Translation: “I’ll be ready to play when a real QB is going to throw the ball”

  12. wintercoates87 says:
    April 8, 2021 at 1:13 pm
    Yeah, so Edelman rehabs his butt off all season to come back this year and then tells Guregian that he prolly won’t be able to play much in 2021. She’s been inaccurate so many times with her reports it’s ridiculously incompetent.

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    Your blatant mysoginist views are really a sight to behold.

  13. Why do they need to put the word “Report” in the title of their article? Aren’t they supposed to be reporters? If they are reporters, then every single article they write would be a report. It is as redundant as telling people that your biological mother is a woman. It makes one wonder if an article is total fiction if the word report does not appear in the title.

  14. I would advise Edelman to retire and enjoy his life while he can still walk without further injury to that knee. He has nothing to prove.

  15. Patriots should trade for Jimmy Glass so both can miss half the season together.

  16. It’s not misogynistic at all to call out competency. It’s not gender based whatsoever.

    By the way, love the way Edelman plays and he’s been instrumental in winning all those years, but he’s not a HOFer.

  17. He’ll be okay to go, but won’t make it through the season? If that’s truly the case, expect Belichick to limit his practices during the season. Nothing wrong with practicing 1 day a week to play on Sunday. Just like you don’t win the Super Bowl in March; its all about winning on Sundays, not on Wednesdays. Belichick is all about ingenuity: counting Brady’s throws in practice, practicing in the rain and snow, using tennis rackets to simulate JJ Watts hands, dipping balls in water to make them harder to catch. He’ll figure it out.

  18. He really should go to the Bucs. I’ve always thought that Brady could have played with Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola for longer than he did. He has better chemistry with some receivers over others. Edelman is mini Gronk.

  19. At this point, it is not looking good for him. He has had multiple surgeries on his knee and foot on the same leg and still is experience issues. Time will not heal these wounds. The saddest part of it all is he was never paid like he should have been, but I am sure the Super Bowl rings help with that.

    I think this is the end of the line for him.

  20. Why doesn’t he get the required long term fix now and then can be ready for December and January? Unless he is permanent damaged goods and no surgery will have him at 90% or better

  21. One of my least favorite NFL players of all time, but mad respect for how he plays.

    It’s probably time for him to retire. He’s accomplished just about everything you can in the sport. I wouldn’t be all that shocked if they cut him before the season.

  22. californianewton says:
    April 8, 2021 at 2:18 pm
    Why do they need to put the word “Report” in the title of their article? Aren’t they supposed to be reporters? If they are reporters, then every single article they write would be a report. It is as redundant as telling people that your biological mother is a woman. It makes one wonder if an article is total fiction if the word report does not appear in the title.

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    I agree, but I think they put Report to say, this may or not be true but we’re going to say it. In this day and age, no one wants to be blamed if they are wrong.

  23. I’m with the people who are suggesting he retire. It has been so much fun watching him play. He has been a go-to possession receiver forever. Even when I was rooting against the Pats, I loved seeing him play – admired his ability.

    Some players want to still be a part of the team even when continuing to playing football will leave them crippled (body and brain). Barry Sanders walked away while he could still walk. I wish every player would do the same.

  24. Edelman deserves to play with TB for one more SB Run. Belichick did the Patriots BAD by forcing Brady out and Kraft also for allowing BB to do it in the first place.

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