FOXBORO - Wide receiver Julian Edelman did not make the trip to Miami with the Patriots for the regular-season finale Sunday against the Dolphins.
The odds were long that Edelman, out since sustaining a fracture in his left foot in the Week 10 victory over the Giants on Nov. 15, would be back before the regular season ended. He has returned to practice the past few weeks but has been limited.
The hope is he'll be ready for the Patriots first playoff game the weekend of Jan. 16-17.
FOXBORO -- Malcolm Butler has an unsolved mystery on his hands.
After Monday night’s loss to the Dolphins, Butler retweeted a Pro Football Focus graphic that detailed how well Jay Cutler did when the Patriots blitzed him.
The retweet was later un-retweeted...or de-tweeted. And Butler said on Wednesday that he wasn't sure how it ended up there in the first place.
"I don't know," Butler said. "Totally a misunderstanding."
He was asked if he was hacked. He was asked if he mis-hit the retweet link while scrolling through Twitter. He would not confirm any of those suggestions, insisting he had no idea how it happened and that it was an accident.
Though the retweet, which came relatively quickly after the game, served as an indication of Butler's feelings toward the play-calling in Miami, he did not say much to put to bed any notions that he would've liked to see fewer blitzes.
When asked if he was disappointed in the gameplan, he replied, "Nah. Next question."
Tom Brady who has missed Wednesday practices the past few weeks and skipped back-to-back practices last week with an Achilles injury, was back at practice today as the Patriots geared up for their showdown with the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski was back after missing last week while serving his one-game suspension. Defensive lineman Trey Flowers was back as one of several limited participants after missing the Monday night loss to the Dolphins and newly signed receiver Kenny Britt also practice. Defensive lineman Alan Branch, who injured his knee against the Dolphins, didn't practice.
Here's the full injury report: