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Sources: Edelman healthy enough to play

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Sources: Edelman healthy enough to play

The last time we saw Julian Edelman practice - really practice - was back on August the 2nd. He got injured that day. It appeared to be to his lower left leg but there are no injury reports in the preseason. Since then, Edelman has returned to the field on a consistent basis, but only for stretching before exiting to wherever and to do whatever his body will allow him. That’s been unpleasant.

"Any time you’re not able to go out there and play it’s difficult, but it’s part of the game," said Edelman. ”I’m just working hard, doing everything I can each and every day to improve myself each and every day."

Through sources, my understanding is that Edelman could have played in either of the last two preseason games had they actually mattered, but the Pats are taking a cautious approach with their best receiver and punt returner. So one would assume then, that Edelman will be a go when Week 1 rolls around. However, the veteran pass catcher doesn’t want to court trouble from the big boss.

“Ask Bill (Belichick),” Edelman said. “I’m taking it day by day and I think I’m 10 seconds better than the last 10 seconds, so we’re good.”

But safe to say, for someone who loves competing and excels at the game, Edelman is looking forward to the day when he gets the green light.

"When that comes it’s going to be awesome," he said. "That’s what you play the game for.”

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Patriots-Steelers tale of the tape

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Patriots-Steelers tale of the tape

0:41 - The BST crew breaks down the Celtics’ 107-95 loss to the Utah Jazz. A. Sherrod Blakely joins Tom Giles from the TD Garden and Michael Holley and Kayce Smith analyze Gordon Hayward’s pregame comments about his recovery and return.

8:07 - Do Bill Belichick and the Patriots attempt to shut down Le'Veon Bell or Antonio Brown this weekend against the Steelers? Tom Giles and Michael Holley discuss and Phil Perry and Kayce Smith break down the matchup with this week’s tale of the tape.

14:36 - The Red Sox watched another slugger get scooped up, as the Philadelphia Phillies signed Carlos Santana. Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles discuss Boston’s interest in still-available J.D. Martinez and how much he could cost the club.

Injury report: Branch out, 10 Patriots questionable

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Injury report: Branch out, 10 Patriots questionable

The Patriots final injury report before their showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday includes 10 players listed as questionable and defensive lineman Alan Branch ruled out.

Branch, who hurt his knee in the Monday night loss to the Dolphins, missed three days of practice this week. Among the questionable are linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive lineman Trey Flowers, who didn't play against Miami. Tom Brady (Achilles), Brandon Cooks (hand) and Malcolm Butler (ankle) have been removed from the injury report. 

Cornerback Joe Haden (fibula) and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) among the Steelers listed as questionable. The full injury report: