New England Patriots rule out Julian Edelman

The New England Patriots have ruled out wide receiver Julian Edelman for today’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, which is the most prudent move the Pats could have made regarding Edelman’s hand injury. Likely a break of the hand, Edelman sustained the injury in the first-half of the team’s Week 3 game against the Baltimore Ravens and has not played since.

Averaging under ten yards per catch for his career, Edelman likely would not have been a good fit against the ‘Hawks anyway, as they have the ability to consistently stop underneath throws with big cornerbacks and an imposing safety in Kam Chancellor roaming the middle of the field.

Edelman was listed questionable prior to being ruled out last night, but he was able to practice for the first time on Thursday since being injured. He is still wearing a black brace on his left hand, and the schematic and health reasons point to the fact that the Pats should rest Edelman another week. He should be able to play in Week 7 against the New York Jets, because he will probably be able to put in at least a limited practice on Wednesday.

With Aaron Hernandez most likely ready to play today- even if on a very limited scale- the need to have a No. 3 receiver isn’t as big. It will be interesting to see if Deion Branch gets a few targets in Edelman’s absence, but the gameplan will likely, as usual, be heavily focused on stars Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. The terrific play from Welker this year (he’s been a top ten receiver this year) also makes the Pats less inclined to rush Edelman back.

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