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Patriots’ Julian Edelman injury update, delivered in classic Bill Belichick fashion

Patriots, Julian Edelman, Bill Belichick

On Wednesday morning, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick provided an update on the injury status of wide receiver Julian Edelman.

Kind of.

In typical Belichick fashion, the coach was cryptic about when the veteran wideout will be available to return to the field.

“When he’s ready, we’ll start him,” the Patriots boss said, via NESN. “If he’s not ready, then he’ll keep working and we’ll wait until he’s ready.”

Got it, cool.

Belichick did get slightly more specific, labeling Edelman as “day-to-day.”

Edelman has been on injured reserve with a knee ailment since Oct. 31, and was also placed on the team’s Reserve/COVID-19 on Nov. 30. He was removed from the latter list on Dec. 10, ahead of New England’s matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.

Edelman returned to practice on Wednesday — which is being conducted indoors — for the first time since being placed on the COVID-19 list. Per league rules, the Patriots will have a 21-day window to activate Edelman from injured reserve once he practices.

In six games this season, his 12th in the NFL, Edelman has 21 catches for 315 yards. 179 of those yards came in a Week 2 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Patriots (6-7) visit the Miami Dolphins (8-5) at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.

New England’s wide receiver unit has struggled mightily in Edelman’s absence, as Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers, and N’Keal Harry have attempted to carry the load. The Patriots also have special teamer Gunner Olszewski and Donte Moncrief on the receiver depth chart, plus Devin Smith, Kristian Wilkerson, and Isaiah Zuber on the practice squad.