The New England Patriots' most consistent wide receiver, Julian Edelman, has undergone surgery on his injured foot to reinsert a screw from his previous operation during last year's regular season.
NFL journalist Ian Rapaport reported that Edelman was spotted walking around the Patriots facility on Wednesday with a protective walking boot on his left foot, but he is expected to be ready for training camp.
This is good news for the Patriots who are already without starting quarterback and future Hall of Famer, Tom Brady for the first four games of the regular season due to a ban stemming from the deflategate scandal.
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With back-up Jimmy Garoppolo taking over the reigns in the interim, Edelman's health is a major concern for the Patriots who have a lack of strength in depth at the receiver position.
Despite signing fifth-year pro, Chris Hogan, from the Buffalo Bills and Nate Washington from the Houston Texans, they will be relying on Edelman's productivity to help the passing game through the early part of the season, with both acquisitions tending to be rather hit-or-miss.
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Edelman missed a total of seven games during the 2015 regular season with a broken foot and returned in the playoffs where he was clearly still feeling the effects of his injury.
Before his injury, Edelman was on pace to break his best receiving totals during a season as he averaged 76.9 yards per game, and had seven touchdowns.
Patriots fans will be very hopeful that the reports are correct and the diminutive receiver does return for training camp in May, but these reports can often be optimistic.
If he does not make training camp or suffers a setback by the start of the season, the Patriots will need their new signings and young receivers Aaron Dobson and Malcolm Mitchell to step up and make some plays.
Danny Amendola is currently the number one receiver on the depth chart due to Edelman's injury, but with only seven starts last season, he will need to make an impact in camp to create separation outside, and regain his elusiveness and playmaking skills that he showed at St Louis.
In good news for Patriots fans, the tight end position looks very healthy with Rob Gronkowski coming off another monster year, and Martellus Bennett joining from the Chicago Bears.
These two are very reminiscent of Gronkowski and the disgraced Aaron Hernandez during the 2011 season, where the Patriots' tight ends were dominant.
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