The Patriots high-powered offense is going without one of it's biggest stars for at least six weeks.
Julian Edelman went down early in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the New York Giants. Clutching the back of his leg and ankle, he did manage to make it off the field under his own power but was carted to the locker room shortly afterwards.
After the Patriots pulled out a win 27-26 on a last second field goal from Steven Gostkowski, it was then released that Edelman had suffered a broken bone in his left foot that would require surgery.
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Quarterback Tom Brady said this about his favorite target, "I was certainly bummed to hear about Julian just because of how great of a player he is and I just feel terrible for him."
Edelman had the surgery the following Monday morning and quite frankly, the sooner he's back on the field for the Patriots, the better.
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Adjusting to the loss
Until then though, the Patriots will just have to adjust. Next man up is a phrase often spoken by many in the league, but on Bill Belichick's team, no truer words have ever been spoken.
One way they can adjust is by moving Danny Amendola into the slot receiver position, and replacing Amendola with Brandon LaFell - who should be back to 100% coming off an injury that kept him out up until week seven.
Brady will also need to involve tight end Rob Gronkowski more in the offence, in two of the last three games he has had zero targets in the first half.
We already know RB Dion Lewis is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL two weeks ago against Washington. Now, with Edelman out as well, the Patriots are wearing thin. They signed WR Chris Harper to the 53-man roster off the practice squad Tuesday, we don't know how big of a role he'll have on the field, but he's most likely there as an insurance policy for any more injuries.
Surviving without offensive stars
I think the Patriots will be just fine without their two big offensive stars. They have Brady and Belichick. The winningest coach/QB duo in NFL history.
In 2012 when the Patriots made it to the AFC Championship game, they had arguably the worst receiving core in the league. An old Deon Branch, a young, inexperienced Edelman, Brandon Lloyd, and a concussion prone Wes Welker.
Patriots fans shouldn't be too overly concerned losing Edelman as Belichick can win with anybody, and he's shown that time and time again, leading the Patriots to four straight AFC Championship appearances, and two Super Bowls, winning one in 2014.
Now, will the offense struggle more than usual, yes. But that happens when anyone gets injured.
End of season schedule
Closing out the season the Patriots have a very favourable schedule. They play the Bills at home next Monday night, followed by a trip to Denver and a battle with the Broncos and, Brock Osweiler? Yes, Peyton Manning set a new NFL record but, then went on to throw four interceptions. In the same game. He was benched and Osweiler has been named the starter for week 11.
Other than those two games, and maybe the Jets in week 14, the Patriots should coast to the finish line and maybe, just maybe, complete their second undefeated regular season.
If the Patriots do indeed run the table, it will speak huge volumes to just how good Brady and Belichick are.
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