Dez Bryant recovery timeline may not bode well for Edelman’s injury

Dez Bryant recovery timeline may not bode well for Edelman’s injury

Dez Bryant and Julian Edelman suffered similar foot injuries in 2015 and have gone through nearly identical steps to repair them for 2016.

The biggest difference? Bryant had a second surgery to further stabilize his foot in January. Edelman didn’t have his done until April.

So, the news that Bryant was just cleared to begin football drills on Wednesday is relevant in New England. It took Bryant five months to get clearance to merely run and cut. If it takes five months for Edelman and his left foot to be cleared, that would put his timeline to begin doing the same things in mid-September.

Obviously, everyone heals at different rates and one must allow for differences between the procedures the two players had done. And sources have expressed confidence that Edelman will be ready for training camp.

In what capacity he’s ready, we’ll find out in the next few months. Obviously, Edelman cannot rush his return. Training camp and preseason games pale in comparison to regular season games.

But the landscape in Foxboro right now, with Tom Brady’s suspension reinstated, Jimmy Garoppolo in line to start the first four games and Edelman – if we use the Bryant timeline as a comp – being unavailable longer than first projected can’t be encouraging for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

The obvious question is, why didn’t Edelman have surgery sooner? As I understand it, he hoped it would improve given rest once the season ended. After a period of rest, Edelman resumed running and cutting but didn’t feel comfortable with the way the foot felt when cutting to his left and pushing off the outside of the foot.

Edelman’s frequently been seen in a walking boot this spring.

Without Edelman and Danny Amendola (who also had offseason surgery) the wide receiver landscape the media saw at last week’s OTA was comprised of mostly newcomers with the exception of Aaron Dobson, Keshawn Martin and Chris Harper. Chris Hogan, Nate Washington and rookie Malcolm Mitchell would seem the prime players who’ll benefit from the additional reps as they enter the system. 

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.