Despite winning a commanding Week 3 matchup with AFC East division rivals New York Jets, the New England Patriots are now concerned for star wide receiver Julian Edelman, who left the home game with a rib injury.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network on Twitter, Edelman’s x-rays were “negative,” signaling the 33-year-old wideout’s injury could be relatively insignificant.
#Patriots WR Julian Edelman suffered a rib injury that knocked him out of the game today against the #Jets, sources say. But X-Rays were negative. An early positive sign.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 22, 2019
The 11-year veteran receiver was initially diagnosed with a chest injury and was labeled questionable return to the Patriots-Jets bout after a second-quarter hit delivered by cornerback Brian Poole led to a pile up on the gridiron.
Here's the play where Julian Edelman first showed any signs of injury. Left arm/shoulder/rib (?)#Patriots pic.twitter.com/THACITIen5
— Mike Giardi (@MikeGiardi) September 22, 2019
After getting pummeled by Poole, it looked like the three-time Super Bowl champion Edelman was also brought down by Jets defensive lineman Henry Anderson and possibly strong safety Rontez Miles.
Quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots went on the decisively defeat their lowly foes to a score of 30-14, with both Jets touchdowns coming not on offense; a special-teams muffed punt and recovery for the score plus a non–Tom Brady pick-six by New York’s defense tallied the 14 points.
Edelman, originally a seventh-round pick by the Patriots, has been with the New England organization since 2009, earning Super Bowl MVP honors at the end of the last playoffs despite previously missing four games during the regular season due to a performance-enhancing drugs attributed suspension by the NFL.
Edelman remains an important piece of the offense for Brady and head coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots infamously released All-Pro wideout Antonio Brown after just one game after sexual assault allegations with follow-up intimidating text messages became public.
The Patriots were also without dynamic pass-catching running back James White in the backfield due to paternity leave.