The New England Patriots are going through a major change right now. Head coach Bill Belichick will have to rewrite the winning formula. He has lost a lot of key players, including veteran quarterback Tom Brady. Many players decided to opt-out of the 2020 season, and some have suffered serious injuries. New England signed veteran quarterback Cam Newton to win games, but he was a bit rusty in the past two games. This is not the only problem New England has right now. According to recent reports, the Patriots will play against the Buffalo Bills without veteran wide receiver Julian Edelman as he underwent a surgery.
Edelman had a procedure on his knee Thursday. He will have to miss some time, and NESN’s Doug Kyed confirmed the information. The wideout didn’t join his teammates for practice Thursday.
Jeff Howe from The Athletic was the first to report the latest development of events.
Julian Edelman undergoes a surgery to fix his knee
Edelman has been dealing with his knee issue for quite some time. The Patriots listed him as limited participant in every Patriots practice. The 2018 Super Bowl MVP played just 61.2 percent of offensive snaps in six games.
Receivers Damiere Byrd had 92.5 percent and N’Keal Harry had 71.2 percent. They will definitely see bigger workload on the field.
Edelman had a career-high 179 receiving yards in the Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. However, this is his only great game for the season. The talented wide receiver had just eight catches on 21 targets for 79 yards and no touchdowns in the last four games.
Harry missed the last two practices as he recovers from the concussion he had in the 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. In other words, the Patriots will play Sunday’s game against the Bills without two key players. Losing two of their three wideouts was terrible.
Belichick and the Patriots will play without Byrd, Jakobi Meyers, and Gunner Olszewski. Isaiah Zuber, Kristian Wilkerson, and Mason Kinsey from the practice squad are also here.
Byrd tallied 18 catches for 233 yards in 2020. Meyers hardly saw action until Week 7. He was able to catch four passes for 60 yards after Harry suffered his injury. Olszewski has been a kick/punt returner and played just 10 offensive snaps with one reception since being activated from IR.