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Edelman placed on season-ending IR because of broken foot

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Edelman placed on season-ending IR because of broken foot

Julian Edelman's 2012 season is likely over. The Patriots wide receiverpunt return specialist has a fractured foot and will probably be placed on injured reserve.

Edelman appeared to injure his foot in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over Miami.

Edelman has 21 catches for 235 yards and three touchdowns. He missed three games with a broken hand earlier in the year. In the two games before Sunday, Edelman had his most productive games at wideout with five catches fro 58 yards and a touchdown against the Colts and two catches for 64 yards and a touchdown against the Jets.

Edelman also had a punt return touchdown against the Colts. He's averaged 15.5 yards on 17 punt returns.

The 26-year-old Edelman will be a free agent at the end of this season. As explosive as he can be, the breakneck style he employs seems to be a near-constant invitation for injuries.

After catching just four passes in 2011, Edelman worked out doggedly this past offseason and spent a lot of time in California working directly with Tom Brady. He had an excellent training camp and, when the season came, was ticketed for a bigger role in the Patriots offense.

But the hand injury suffered in the season's third game waylaid his season.

The Patriots are expected to announce the signing of Donte Stallworth later on Tuesday. Meanwhile, wide receiver Deion Branch is nearly back to full speed after injuring his hamstring last month. He may soon be in the mix as well.

Quinn hoping Falcons won't be focused on 28-3 this week

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Quinn hoping Falcons won't be focused on 28-3 this week

FOXBORO -- They say you can't live in the past. But for the Falcons, that may be easier said than done this week. 

“Well, for sure we’ve talked about it," Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said of Super Bowl LI. "The biggest thing we’ve said was you don’t get to go replay games. You don’t get to go replay the Super Bowl. We lost last week and we don’t get to go replay the Miami game. One of the sayings we have is, 'The only fight that matters is the one you’re in.' 

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"That is where our focus is, and even deeper than that, our focus is for us to play at our best. We’re not there yet. That is what we’re out chasing. We don’t want to go into the rematch world because we learned our lessons and you don’t get to apply them until you’re back in them again. If we keep looking back in the rear view, we’re not going to be where we want to be."

The reality is, though, Super Bowl LI and New England's 25-point comeback win is going to be part of Atlanta's preparations this week.

Both Bill Belichick and Dan Quinn have said at different points that they'll look at that game because the personnel on both sides is so similar. Though the teams aren't constructed exactly the same, and though the Falcons are operating under a new offensive coordinator, last season's finale still has value . . . as difficult as it may be for some to re-live it.

“It’s a big part [of the preparations], and here’s why," Quinn said. "When you face a team for a second time in less than a year, it’s almost like, I am not going to call it a division game, but you have more familiarity than when you don’t. You go back to look how they featured the players in their roles last year and go back to look at some of the roles for this year.

"The players also have some familiarity with one another. 'How to a guard this guy? I have to make sure my leverage is right when I tackle this player. When I am in press coverage this release worked, this one wasn’t as effective.' There’s definitely familiarity. We definitely looked back at that game, but also the games from this year, too. That is pretty normal operating procedure when we’re playing a team. We may go back a year or even two years if the coaching staff is the same to see if there’s some philosophical scheme and plays that they are really comfortable with."