| Wide Receiver, New England Patriots
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|Draft: 2009 Round 7 (23)
College: Kent State
Ht: 5’10” Wt: 200 DOB: 1986-05-22 Age: 29
|After a solid rookie season in 2009 when he caught 37 passes for 359 yards and a touchdown, Edelman seemed a decent bet to eventually assume Wes Welkerís role in the teamís offense. However, after two seasons in which he totaled 11 receptions for 120 yards, the odds of that happening now seem remote. He would have some fantasy value, especially in PPR leagues, if Welker were to go down with an injury. Entering the season, Edelmanís only real fantasy value is if you own Welker in a deep league and want to handcuff him. Dynasty owners in deep leagues could also grab him in the hopes that Welker isnít in New England in 2013.
| Broncos CB Chris Harris to be game-time decision -- Thu Jan 21 6:20 pm --|
|The Broncos listed 11 players on their Wednesday injury report and all of them were full participants in their first training session of the week. Not all of them are a sure thing to play against the Patriots on Sunday, however.
During an appearance on ESPN, Broncos GM John Elway said that CB Chris Harris will be a game-time decision on Sunday afternoon. Harris has been dealing with a shoulder injury for the last few weeks and said after last Sundayís game that he was playing with one arm due to the injury. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Harris played 75 percent of the snaps on defense last weekend, which was a season low for him. His presence is going to be more important this weekend than most since he is Denver's top slot cornerback - a job title that means he'll be responsible for guarding Julian Edelman the majority of time he is on the field.
| Gronk, Edelman, Amendola all questionable -- Fri Jan 15 4:30 pm --|
Gronkowski dealing with back and knee injuries
|#Patriots injury report: Gronk (knee/back), Edelman (foot), Vollmer (ankle), Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) all listed QUESTIONABLE (Ben Volin on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Rob Gronkowski reportedly got an injection in his knee on Thursday for pain relief and is also dealing with a back injury. It looks like he's headed for a gametime decision. Given the secretive nature of the Patriots we'll need to wait for the inactive list on Saturday to be sure, but it's a good bet that Gronk, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola will all be active. Their effectiveness is the bigger question.
| Edelman, Brady cleared for Divisional Round -- Mon Jan 11 6:20 pm --|
Three other Patriots trending in right direction
|Receiver Julian Edelman (broken foot), quarterback Tom Brady (ankle sprain) and linebacker Dont'a Hightower (MCL sprain) were all accounted for at Monday's practice, and will play Saturday versus the Chiefs, reports Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. Pass rusher Chandler Jones (toe) and left tackle Sebastian Vollmer (ankle sprain) were also present Monday and could play this weekend, per Howe. Danny Amendola appears to be out of the woods with his late-December knee injury. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: It appears Brady will have his top two receivers (Rob Gronkowski and Edelman) for the first time since Week 10, when New England were still undefeated. With S Eric Berry playing some of the best football of his career and doing his part to shut down opposing tight ends, Edelman's health - and the health of the Patriots' offensive line - figures to be that much more important this weekend as New England faces Kansas City.
| Report: Brady dealing with high ankle sprain -- Mon Jan 4 4:15 pm --|
Patriots in need of rest for first week of playoffs
|According to an ESPN report citing a league source, Tom Brady took an MRI that revealed an ankle sprain but no breaks or fractures. Brady is expected to be ready to play when the Patriots host a divisional round game at Gillette Stadium in two weeks.
The injury occurred in the Pats' 20-10 loss to the Dolphins Sunday when Miami DE Ndamukong Suh rolled up on the back of Brady's legs while tackling the Patriots quarterback. Trainers and medical staff attended to Brady, who claimed he was "sore" after the game was over. (Boston Herald)|
FF Today's Take: NFL Media's Albert Breer tweeted the injury is a high ankle sprain, so Brady is dealing with something more than the garden variety of ankle sprains. Brady is expected to be fine for the Divisional Round, although his ability to play at his usual level of effectiveness could be in some question. The bye week comes at a good time for the 38-year-old quarterback and the Patriots, who should get Julian Edelman back in time to help mask the deficiencies of the offensive line.
| Amendola likely out until playoffs -- Mon Dec 21 6:35 pm --|
Likely knee sprain; Julian Edelman due back in Week 16 or 17
|WR Danny Amendola is still getting tests on his knee, but the belief is it's a sprain that won't cause him to miss playoff time (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Amendola's durability has long been his biggest weakness and it appears he'll miss more time yet again. The Patriots are optimistic Julian Edelman will get at least one game in during the regular season in order to get acclimated for the playoffs, so owners that are rolling with Tom Brady or kept Edelman on their roster might see those players hook on a regular basis in Week 17 - if not Week 16 - assuming Edelman is cleared to play before then.
| Patriots' Julian Edelman practices -- Wed Dec 16 4:15 pm --|
|After surprisingly participating in practice Friday, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who broke his foot in November, practiced in pads Wednesday. According to WEEI.com, it's his first time practicing in pads since his injury. Meanwhile, The Boston Globe reported that Edelman ran without limping. Edelman's initial timetable to return was projected to be six-to-eight weeks. It's been a little more than four weeks since he suffered the initial injury. While his return to practice might not mean he's ahead of schedule, it certainly isn't bad news. (CBSSports.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Patriots have no reason to rush one of Tom Brady's favorite targets back onto the field now that the team has clinched a division title. It looks like New England will have Julian Edelman back for their post-season while fantasy owners can only cross their fingers and keep him stashed on the bench as the year plays out.
| Julian Edelman (foot) spotted at practice -- Fri Dec 11 1:15 pm --|
Pats WR unlikely to play Sunday, but should be back soon
|Doug Kyed on Twitter: "Breaking: Julian Edelman (foot) has RETURNED to practice. Patriots have perfect attendance today." (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It's good news for fantasy owners that Edelman made an appearance on Friday, but it's highly unlikely he'll play this week against Houston. He could be worth a stash for owners with championships that extend until Week 17. For now, Danny Amendola (questionable, knee) should receive the Edelman complement of targets.
| Gronk out, Amendola likely in -- Fri Dec 4 5:20 pm --|
Pats likely to get one offensive weapon back this week
|Rob Gronkowski will miss this week's New England Patriots game versus the Philadelphia Eagles, as expected. The All Pro tight end has been ruled out for Week 13 with a knee injury. As NFL Media's Albert Breer points out, it's not a good sign for the next week's availability when the Patriots rule out a player on Friday. With Julian Edelman (foot) also sidelined, Tom Brady would benefit from Danny Amendola's return to the lineup. Amendola is expected to suit up, barring a setback. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Last Friday, it looked as though Amendola would suit for the Pats' tilt with the Broncos but he was later ruled out. Amendola owners will want to monitor his status leading up to the 4:25 pm ET kickoff.
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