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Patriots’ Julian Edelman passes physical, removed from NFI list

Julian Edelman, Patriots

New England Patriots veteran wideout Julian Edelman will soon return to the gridiron after passing his physical and being removed from the non-football injury list, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates.

Edelman, 33, is entering his 10th season in the NFL—all with the Patriots—and is coming off his Super Bowl MVP award last February. The 5-foot-10 wide receiver was out for New England in recent weeks, nursing a broken thumb. Edelman recorded 74 receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 regular-season games last season for the Pats.

The return of Edelman is not the only good news coming New England’s way, with flashy wideout Josh Gordon reinstated by the league late last week. Gordon and Edelman will provide the Patriots’ offense a much-needed boost for the receiver corps, which was lacking a big-name presence prior to the two news stories.

The franchise would have had quarterback Tom Brady throw to less-heralded players such as first-round pick N’Keal Harry and 26-year-old Cameron Meredith, and free agent pickups Maurice Harris and Demaryius Thomas.

Nonetheless, Edelman’s status in the Patriots’ starting lineup—which looks like it will have the former seventh-round draft pick in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers—provides a reliable target for Brady to work with. Brady, 42, has undoubtedly established chemistry with the Super Bowl MVP, who is a reliable offensive threat. Edelman picked up a four-game suspension in 2018 for using performance-enhancing substances.