New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has been on the injured reserve list since he underwent a minor knee surgery nearly three weeks ago. Recent reports suggest that Edelman has been making steady progress on his knee after the minor procedure.

Per Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston, Pats head coach Bill Belichick gave an optimistic hint on the Edelman’s possible return. Belichick reportedly said that the 3-time Super Bowl champ will warm up prior to practice on Wednesday and see where it goes from there.

This is definitely encouraging news for the Patriots.

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Belichick hasn’t ruled out the Patriots veteran for the season and expects the 34-year old to come back at some point. However, he did not provide a specific time table to Edelman’s return. Quarterback Cam Newton also recently hinted that Edelman has been making solid progress as well.

Prior to his surgery, Edelman has played in seven games for the Pats this year. He has been inconsistent for the most part, notching just 21 receptions for 315 yards on the season. His best game of the season came in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks, where he had eight catches for 179 yards. Since then, his numbers have been underwhelming.

Perhaps his low production may be as a result of his nagging knee ailment, which has been bothering him throughout the season. By undergoing this minor procedure, perhaps Edelman can shake off whatever discomfort he had been dealing with.

The Patriots certainly hope the former Super Bowl MVP can come back as soon as possible, as it looks to gain more momentum after winning its last two contests.