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Report: Patriots' Julian Edelman to miss three weeks with thumb injury

Report: Patriots' Julian Edelman to miss three weeks with thumb injury

The New England Patriots begin training camp Thursday, but their Super Bowl MVP reportedly won't be joining them.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman is expected to miss about three weeks due to a left thumb injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Field Yates reported Monday.

Edelman was spotted this weekend wearing a small brace on his left thumb covered by a glove at his youth football camp in Sudbury, Mass.

A three-week recovery would force the 33-year-old receiver to miss the Patriots' first preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Aug. 8.

Schefter and Yates suggested Edelman hurt himself while catching a pass, and while it's "unclear" whether he suffered a break or sprain, his absence will allow more training camp reps for a revamped receiving corps that includes rookie N'Keal Harry and free-agent signings Maurice Harris and Dontrelle Inman.

UPDATE (9:55 a.m. ET): NFL Network's Michael Giardi reports Edelman will miss "multiple weeks," but his colleague, Ian Rapoport, describes the injury as "mild trauma" that shouldn't sideline the wideout too long.

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Patriots issue statement on Patrick Chung's cocaine possession charge

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Patriots issue statement on Patrick Chung's cocaine possession charge

Patrick Chung's legal troubles are on the New England Patriots' radar, the team confirmed Thursday.

The Patriots issued the following statement on social media after Belknap (N.H.) County confirmed it had indicted Chung on a cocaine possession charge:

We are aware of the reports regarding Patrick Chung. We will not be commenting while his judicial proceedings take place.

Chung knowingly possessed cocaine on July 25 in Meredith, N.H., where he owns a home, and was indicted on Aug. 8.

On Thursday, the Laconia Sun published a list of suspects indicted by a Belknap County grand jury that included 32-year-old Patrick C. Chung of Meredith, N.H.

The county confirmed that Chung is the Patriots safety, who has an arraignment scheduled for next Thursday at Belknap Superior Court.

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NFL Rumors: Patriots offered first-round pick for Trent Williams

NFL Rumors: Patriots offered first-round pick for Trent Williams

Not only were the Patriots reportedly trying to acquire Trent Williams from the Redskins; they were willing to spend — and spend big — to get him.

According to NBC Sports Washington's J.P. Finlay, New England was willing to send a first-round draft pick in 2020 to Washington, only to be told that wasn't enough to land Williams.

The seven-time Pro Bowler would have been a huge addition to New England's offensive line, especially earlier this month when Isaiah Wynn was slow to take the field and Dan Skipper was taking reps as the team's starting left tackle in practice. 

Williams is holding out in Washington and has reportedly told friends he doesn't want to play for the Redskins, but Washington has remained steadfast that it doesn't want to trade the 31-year-old. Williams is upset with the team for a missed diagnosis on his scalp.

Could these trade talks start up again, especially if Williams' holdout continues into the regular season? It's worth keeping an eye on.

UPDATE (12:10 p.m. ET): NFL Media's Ian Rapoport threw cold water on Finlay's report Thursday, suggesting the Patriots did not, in fact, offer a first-round pick for Williams.

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