The New England Patriots are heading into today’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a long list of players listed as “questionable” on the final injury report of the week. In total, seven men are not guaranteed to play based on their practice participation this week. Among them is wide receiver Julian Edelman, who left last week’s contest against the New York Jets in the second quarter because of a chest injury.
Edelman was a limited practice participant all week, but did make the trip to Buffalo — a good sign when it comes to his recovery. In fact, the 33-year-old is expected to play if a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is to be believed. His usage, however, will depend on how he feels during the game: Edelman usually plays more than 90% of New England’s offensive snaps but might see a reduced workload today if he feels uncomfortable.
Even if he does not play his usual high number of snaps, having the veteran receiver available is good news for the Patriots’ offense. After all, Edelman leads the team in targets (15), receptions (17) and receiving yards (196) this season and remains one of quarterback Tom Brady’s most trusted pass catchers — one that has had his fair share of success against the Bills: in 14 career games, he has caught 60 passes for 572 yards and six touchdowns against New England’s division rival.