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.
Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, spotted at his youth camp over the weekend with a small brace over his left thumb (see below photo), is expected to be sidelined about three weeks due to the injury, league sources tell @FieldYates and me. pic.twitter.com/P5KT0hvRmz— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 22, 2019
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.
Per source - as first reported by @FieldYates - Julian Edelman will miss "multiple" weeks of training camp with a thumb injury. Assuming the injury doesn't linger, this should actually be a benefit for both Edelman and a group of WRs that needs to carve out roles.— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) July 22, 2019
Julian Edelman’s thumb injury is described as “mild trauma” and should keep him out for just a few weeks, source confirms https://t.co/IXbN7kmdi0— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 22, 2019
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