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Luckily, they got Brandin Cooks from the Saints in the off-season. WR1 is gone, I guess Hogan will have to fill WR2 but I'm not entirely sure as I don't follow the Pats often. It sucks though,
especially in a pre-season game.


The worst fears are starting to be realized for Patriots fans after seeing Julian Edelman leave the field Friday night with a knee injury.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Edelman suffered what is believed to be a torn ACL, according to sources informed of the injury. The receiver will have an MRI on Saturday to confirm the diagnosis.

"We're all hoping for the best," Tom Brady told reporters after the game. "Hopefully whatever test they have to do come back positively. We'll try to do our best to kind of lift his spirits if we can and see what happens."

Edelman limped from the field after suffering the non-contact injury on an 18-yard catch and run. He briefly spent time in the sideline medical tent before being carted to the locker room. The wideout was seen being carted to the team bus with crutches at the end of the Patriots 30-28 win over the Detroit Lions.

The injury is a tough blow for Brady's favorite target. Edelman was eating up Lions defenders Friday night, catching three passes for 53 yards on the opening drive before the injury.

The 32-year-old receiver has been Brady's most reliable target for years. Edelman has earned more than nine targets per game over the last four seasons and has averaged more than 11 yards per catch the past five years. He is coming off a career-high 1,106-yard 2016 season.

Edelman signed a two-year, $11 million contract with $7 million guaranteed before this offseason, per Rapoport.

Edelman's injury is a blow, but the Patriots do boast depth at receiver. The team traded for speedster Brandin Cooks this offseason, while Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell move up the depth chart. Chris Hogan, however, will likely be the player seeing a boost in action following Edelman's injury. Hogan had a monster game Friday and was in line for a big role even when Edelman was healthy. After the injury, we could see Hogan move into the slot more in 2017.

Beyond receivers, the Patriots do a better job than any team deploying multifaceted offenses to cover deficiencies. The tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen could both see a bump in slot snaps. The Pats also have a bevy of backs in Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead who can split out in pass-catching roles.

"We have a good group of skill positions including the tight ends and the backs," Brady said. "Everybody's played different roles at different times throughout the spring and the summer. We're still grinding our way through camp. We had quite a few practices but we're still trying to build week to week. Whoever is in there we have to have confidence in what they're doing. We saw a lot of good things from a lot of really good players tonight.

"Brandin [Cooks] made plays, Hogs [Chris Hogan] made plays, Jules made his players, Danny [Amendola] always makes plays, James [White], Mike [Gillislee] ran the balls great. D.J. [Foster] made some great runs. We had Gronk [Rob Gronkowski] for some looks. Just gotta keep trying to grind and ultimately the goal of training camp is to be ready for opening week. It will be here, right around the corner."
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And it's confirmed. According to an MRI, Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee.

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hes on my fantasy team i read last night about it hoping it wasnt going to be bad than i read this morning and im upset
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As bad as it may seem I see the Patriots regrouping because Brady is the best at working with what he has and wouldn't be surprised to see him do it again
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Dyphate wroteAs bad as it may seem I see the Patriots regrouping because Brady is the best at working with what he has and wouldn't be surprised to see him do it again
Yeah, but really as long as Belichick has Brady at QB the Pats are good. Hell, even in 2007 when Brady tore his ACL and they had Matt Cassel, I think they still made it to the AFCCG. But they still have Cooks so I think they're good.
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Huge loss for the Patriots.
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In addition to this, Bears WR Cameron Meredith tore his ACL today aswell and Chiefs RB Spencer Ware tore his PCL on Friday vs Seattle. Huge loss for the Bears as Meredith was their #1 WR if I remember correctly and the Chiefs were relying on Ware to be their #1 RB.
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Big loss for them for sure, although I believe they'll be able to deal with it and someone will step up and perform big, I can only imagine the season Brandin Cooks is going to have.
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Adding onto the Spencer Ware injury, he's done for the season after tests confirm he has a torn ACL and PCL. He will need surgery.

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