FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots recipient Julian Edelman, who missed the training camp's first three and a half weeks with a thumb injury, was eliminated from the list of non-football casualties, a source told ESPN's Field Yates.
Edelman participated in his first practice session on Monday and immediately shot to the top of the receiver depth table. The Super Bowl LIII Most Valuable Player is the goal of quarterback Tom Brady, especially in critical situations. In three playoff games last year Edelman scored a total of 26 catches for 388 yards (14.9 average). After Jerry Rice (151), Edelman's 115-fold offspring rank second in NFL history.
The Patriots had been miserable in recent trainings due to a series of injuries to the recipient, but Edelman's return – along with Josh Gordon's conditional reinstatement – has changed the outlook. Gordon remains on the list of injuries outside of football for now.
Before training on Monday, coach Bill Belichick was asked about the match that took place at the receiver and found a group of receivers who still had to train – a reference to Edelman, Gordon, Cameron Meredith outside of football) and Demaryius Thomas (physically unable to make a list).
"There are still a lot of people we have not actively seen on the field, so to be certain," he said.
Edelman is no longer part of this list for the Patriots who host the Carolina Panthers Thursday night in the preseason.