Julian Edelman Injury: Updates on Patriots WR's Hand

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIISeptember 23, 2012

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman left the game on Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens after suffering what appeared to be a hand injury.

Edelman left the game after hauling in an seven-yard touchdown pass and was unable to make it back out to the field.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 3:12 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

After sitting out last week's game against the Denver Broncos, wide receiver Julian Edelman was absent from practice on Wednesday, according to ESPN Boston's Mike Rodak

Safety Steve Gregory (hip), receiver Julian Edelman (hand), and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion), who did not practice on Friday, were not spotted at the start of Wednesday's session, which was held in light shoulder pads. 

The Patriots offense has not struggled with Edelman out, so it's likely that the team will continue to put up abundant points if he is unable to go on Sunday. Nevertheless, it's a frustrating blow for Edelman, who was seemingly re-emerging early in the season.


UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Edelman missed another practice on Thursday due to his injured hand, according to the Boston Herald. The Patriots did get good news as both tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, returned to practice.

Since it's a bothersome injury for a wide receiver, the slow progress shouldn't be a major surprise. The Patriots aren't likely to rush him back, especially since Hernandez is apparently making headway in his return from an ankle injury.

All told, it doesn't look good for Edelman in Week 5 unless he has a real quick turnaround.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 2:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has not made enough progress in recovering from his hand injury to return to the field yet.

The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young reported via Twitter that Edelman was one of the Patriots not present at today's practice. 

Mankins returns but...@globewhitmer: Patriots not spotted at shells & shorts practice: Edelman, Gregory, Hoomanawanui, Hernandez, Gronkowski

— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) October 3, 2012

After missing last week's game against the Buffalo Bills, Edelman's ability to return for a Week 5 showdown with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos remains in doubt.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 11:42 a.m. ET by Jessica Isner

As expected, we have official confirmation from the Patriots that wide receiver Julian Edelman is a no-go for Sunday's game against the Bills due to a hand injury. 

According to New England's official inactives report on NFL.com, Edelman has been ruled out. 

Most likely, that means more work for Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Deion Branch—and, of course, for Rob Gronkowski, who is active (as expected) despite being listed as questionable earlier in the week. 


UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9:01 a.m. ET by Jessica Isner

It's officially a no-go on Julian Edelman this weekend at Buffalo. 

According to Pro Football Talk's Josh Alper, the receiver has been ruled out of Sunday's divisional opener after suffering a hand injury in last week's loss to Baltimore. Edelman missed practice all week leading up to the Bills game. 

That, of course, should leave lots more work for Wes Welker, who saw his own workload decrease as Edelman got more snaps throughout the first few weeks of the season. 


UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 2:20 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Edelman missed practice again on Thursday, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. It casts further doubt about his availability for Sunday's AFC East clash with the Bills.

No Hernandez, Mankins, Winslow, Edelman, Francis. Deaderick returns.

— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 27, 2012

The wide receiver has taken on a bigger role in the Patriots offense this season, bringing him on to the fantasy radar. He'll have to start making progress quickly if he's going to be ready for Week 4, though. Fantasy owners should have another option ready if they were counting on him.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, September 26 at 1:46 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

It remains to be seen if Julian Edelman (hand) will play Sunday vs. Buffalo, but he is not present at practice today, according to ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss

WR Julian Edelman, who injured his left hand Sunday and didn't play in second half, is not present at practice today, @mikerodak reports.

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 26, 2012


UPDATE: Tuesday, September 25 at 2:55 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Bill Belichick has offered an update (sort of) on Edelman's status (via Mike Reiss of ESPN):

We'll give you more information on that tomorrow and see what he's able to do out there in practice. They're evaluating the hand, taking a look at it, and trying to determine what the nature of the injury is and how—or even to the extent that it is injured. We'll see where that is and take a look at it tomorrow and what he's able to do out there.

As of now, Edelman's status remains up in the air, and it sounds like his injury remains a bit of a mystery. As always, keep it here, where we'll post more information as it becomes available.

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According to the New England Patriots official Twitter account, the team does not know if Edelman will return:

Patriots Injury Report: Julian Edelman left the game with a hand injury. His return is questionable.

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 24, 2012

Prior to the injury, Edelman had caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown, and ran the ball twice for negative five yards.

Head coach Bill Belichick decided to spread the ball around more than usual against the Ravens, which allowed the 26-year-old California native to showcase his skills in the balanced offense.

Obviously, Tom Brady has a multitude of other options to look for. Wes Welker became more of a factor in the game than he had the entire season, while Brandon Lloyd continues to put up efficient numbers.

Patriots Football Weekly writer Erik Scalavino tweeted Edelman's sideline condition:

#Patriots Edelman's left hand looks heavily taped or wrapped over his glove.

— Erik Scalavino (@PFWErik) September 24, 2012

Edelman's absence is likely to impact the Patriots on special teams more than on the offensive end, as he returned one punt for 11 yards on the night.

Look for Welker, Lloyd, Rob Gronkowski and others to step up and fill in for the shifty receiver if he is unable to return.