The Patriots fear that WR Julian Edelman tore his ACL, per multiple reports. Edelman will undergo tests and have an MRI on Saturday to confirm, but neither Edelman nor the team is “optimistic” about the results.
Sources: Julian Edelman believes he tore his right ACL, and while an MRI is schedule, he is not optimistic about the looming result.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) August 26, 2017
#Patriots WR Julian Edelman has suffered what is believed to be a torn ACL, per sources. MRI tomorrow to confirm.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 26, 2017
Update: Julian Edelman's MRI is Saturday, not Sunday. Patriots suspect ACL, but tests to determine.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 26, 2017
UPDATE Edelman himself thinks that he has torn his ACL:
Edelman has acknowledged to teammates that it looks like the ACL is torn and he is already thinking about his recovery and comeback.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) August 26, 2017
Original: New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman looked outstanding on the opening drive against the Detroit Lions as he collected all three targets for 52 yards. Unfortunately, he apparently injured his right knee on what appeared to be minimal contact.
Edelman left the game and went to the medical tent. He was then taken to the locker room on a cart.
Edelman carted to locker room pic.twitter.com/5PUT1vb30O— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) August 25, 2017
EDIT1: The Patriots say Edelman is questionable to return.
EDIT2: The Patriots have downgraded Edelman to OUT.
We will update this story when available.