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Edelman (thigh) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Lions, the Patriots' official site reports.
Edelman was limited at practice this week after getting dinged up in Week 11's contest against the Colts, but the probable designation all but confirms the wideout's availability for Sunday's game.
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Edelman (thigh) was limited at practice Thursday, the Patriots' official site reports.
We'll revisit Edelman's status Friday, but given that he played through his thigh injury, albeit en route to a season-low 35 snaps in Week 11, we'd expect the wideout to tough it out Sunday against the Lions.
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Edelman (thigh) was limited at practice Wednesday, the Boston Herald reports.
The report notes that Edelman emerged from Week 11's win over the Colts somewhat banged up after falling hard on a yardage marker in the contest and also later when he was taken down to the ground after a hit. While Edelman made it through this past Sunday's game, he was limited to a season-low 35 snaps, so his status is worth monitoring in advance of this weekend's game against the Lions.
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Edelman was on the field for 35-of-73 snaps on offense in Sunday's win over the Colts, ESPN.com reports.
The report relays that Edelman's 35 snaps were a season-low, noting that his usage was limited some after he took a tumble along the sidelines in the first quarter. We'll update Edelman's status Wednesday, with an eye toward seeing if he ends up on the Patriots' Week 12 practice participation/injury report.
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Edelman caught 5-of-8 targets for 50 yards, adding two carries for 31 yards, in Sunday's 42-20 win over the Colts.
The gameplan didn't work in Edelman's favor, but he still compiled a somewhat respectable stat line, even with the Patriots leaning heavily on running back Jonas Gray. Edelman hasn't been nearly as consistent as he was over the final six weeks of 2013, though he still leads the team in receptions (59) and targets (87) this year. Of course, Rob Gronkowski remains the clear No. 1 option in New England's passing game, as the star tight end gets as many (or more) looks than Edelman, and is far more productive on a per-target basis. Brandon Lafell's solid play has also contributed to the reduction in Edelman's role since late last season.
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Edelman caught 9-of-10 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown, and also scored on a spectacular long punt return in Sunday's 43-21 win against the Broncos.
Both of Edelman's touchdowns came about three minutes apart in the second quarter, and it looked like he had the trifecta right before halftime, but the score was reversed via replay. He made a number of tough grabs in traffic, and it looked like the Patriots made a concerted effort to get him the ball, after he caught just 5-of-13 targets for 58 yards in the previous two games. He's been a little up-and-down in general this season, but New England's offense has been on fire during their current five-game winning streak, making any important pass catcher a solid play. He'll look to stay on a roll after the team's bye, taking on the Colts in Week 11.
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Edelman was on the field for 45-of-74 snaps on offense in Sunday's 51-23 win over the Bears, ESPN.com reports.
After being out there for 45 of the Patriots' first 52 offensives snaps, Edelman (who finished with one catch for 14 yards) didn't see the field for the rest of the game. We'll let you know if there's any sort of injury in play here, though it's possible that the wideout's two drops in the contest led to that outcome.
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Edelman caught a season-low one pass on four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 51-23 win over the Bears.
Per ESPN.com, Edelman didn't help his cause with a couple of drops in the game, but more often than not the wideout will see enough targets to help fantasy owners out, notably those in PPR formats.
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Edelman caught 4-of-9 targets for 44 yards in Thursday's 27-25 win over the Jets, adding eight yards on a lone carry.
After bouncing back from a two-game slump with a nine-reception, 101-yard outing last week, Edelman struggled in Thursday's game against the Jets, notably dropping a pair of passes. He's been surprisingly inconsistent for both owners and the Patriots this season, but it's hard to be too down on his stock when he still has such a key role in a strong passing game. His nine targets were second on the team, nestled between Rob Gronkowski's 10 and Shane Vereen's eight. Even with the recent struggles, Edelman still has at least four receptions and seven targets in each of New England's seven games this season.
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Edelman caught nine passes on 12 targets for 91 yards in Sunday's 37-22 win over the Bills.
While his yardage results will vary, Edelman continues to see a steady dose of targets from QB Tom Brady and thus retains fantasy utility, notably in PPR formats.