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Patriots WR Julian Edelman underwent surgery on his injured foot to reinsert screw

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The Patriots receiver had to have surgery on his foot.

New England Patriots star wide receiver Julian Edelman suffered a serious foot injury against the New York Giants that sidelined him for the remainder of the regular season. While it would not have been out of the question to put Edelman on the injured reserve to keep him out for the rest of the year, the Patriots and Edelman decided to allow the receiver to return for the playoffs.

Edelman returned in a major way with a 10 reception, 100 yards, and 11 rushing yards performance against the Chiefs, but he was clearly playing while hurt against the Broncos. Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal recalls Edelman being in "so much pain he couldn't put on his shoe."

It turns out that Edelman might have returned too quickly as ESPN's Adam Schefter and Mike Reiss report that the receiver underwent surgery on his foot.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has more information.

While Edelman is not projected to miss any time, foot injuries are the bane of every skill player because the foot becomes extraordinarily delicate and prone to re-injury. Patriots receivers like Aaron Dobson and Brandon LaFell have had their tenures derailed because of foot injuries, so hopefully Edelman can have a more successful recovery.

The Patriots added plenty of depth to their receiver corps this offseason and Keshawn Martin looks to be the primary back-up for Edelman in camp. Perhaps there is now a chance that Edelman is unable to start the season in week 1 and some other receiver will see time on the roster.

We wish Edelman well and hope that he returns to the field when he's 100%.