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Patriots vs. Bills Wednesday injury report: Julian Edelman back on the field for New England

Julian Edelman had been ruled out for the second half last Sunday.

New York Jets v New England Patriots Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images

The New England Patriots returned to the fields behind Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, and so did Julian Edelman.

The 33-year-old wide receiver was a limited participant in the week’s first practice, after being downgraded with what New England announced as a chest injury midway through Sunday’s win over the New York Jets. With Edelman on hand, fullback James Develin on injured reserve and quarterback Cody Kessler now on the active roster, perfect attendance would follow for the Patriots.

Here’s the initial injury report heading into the 1 p.m. ET meeting with the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field.


  • Patriots: no players listed
  • Bills: RB Devin Singletary (hamstring), WR John Brown (rest), TE Tyler Kroft (ankle), OT Ty Nsekhe (rest), DE Jerry Hughes (rest), LB Corey Thompson (ankle), LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest)

Seven Bills sat out Wednesday’s practice, with Singletary’s hamstring injury sidelining the rookie running back last weekend as the 36-year-old Frank Gore got into the end zone for the second time this campaign.

Veterans in Brown, Nsekhe, Hughes and Alexander all received rest days for Buffalo.


  • Patriots: QB Tom Brady (calf), RB Rex Burkhead (foot), WR Julian Edelman (chest), TE Ryan Izzo (calf), TE Matt LaCosse (ankle), OT Marshall Newhouse (illness), G Joe Thuney (shoulder), DE Michael Bennett (shoulder), LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), S Nate Ebner (groin)
  • Bills: WR Zay Jones (shoulder), G Jon Feliciano (neck), CB Taron Johnson (hamstring), Tre’Davious White (neck)

In addition to the aforementioned Edelman, Hightower had also left Sunday’s matchup with the Jets. The wideout and linebacker were among 10 Patriots practicing in a limited capacity on Wednesday. And Burkhead’s foot injury was among a handful of new arrivals.

On Buffalo’s side, White has started all 35 games since entering the league as a first-round pick out of LSU in 2017. The cornerback was one of four partial participants for the Bills to begin the week.


  • Patriots: OT Marcus Cannon (shoulder)
  • Bills: no players listed

New England’s eldest offensive lineman exited late in the Patriots’ season opener with the shoulder injury. But Cannon, having missed only a week, was back starting at right tackle this past Sunday against the Jets and played 75 of 77 offensive snaps.

Cannon had been designated as questionable heading into the encounter with New York.