The New England Patriots already thin receiving corps just got a little thinner. Wide receiver Julian Edelman is back in a walking boot after a procedure on his injured foot.
According to the Boston Globe, Edelman underwent a "clean-up procedure" on his right foot and will be in a walking boot. Edelman broke his foot in December in a game against the Miami Dolphins. There is no timetable for Edelman's return, but he is most likely to miss organized team events. The Patriots mini-camp starts on June 11 and runs until June 13. If Edelman were to attend mini-camp, he would perform on a limited basis. Edelman was a free agent this offseason and re-signed with the Patriots for one year, despite being courted by the Cleveland Browns.
Edelman has missed 16 out of a possible 64 regular season games for New England, but when Edelman is healthy, he is a lethal weapon on special teams and his skills on offense will be needed more than ever this season.
This news on Edelman is another injury on the already long injured list for the Patriots. Tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are already injured with Gronkowski still dealing with complications of his broken arm suffered in a win against the Indianapolis Colts and Hernandez dealing with a shoulder injury.
With Edelman expected to miss mini-camps, expect undrafted free agent TJ Moe from Missouri to possibly step up. Moe and Edelman have the similar skill set. The receiving corps in New England is pretty thin this season, so, Edelman's loss comes as a big hit. The Pats let Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd go, but signed St. Louis Rams receiver Danny Amendola to a contract and drafted Marshal wide receiver Aaron Dobson and TCU receiver Josh Boyce in this year's draft.