FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 25: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

Heading into a key division game against Buffalo, the Patriots offense has been dealt another key blow.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that wide receiver Julian Edelman “underwent a precautionary standard knee procedure” Thursday morning. He’ll be out for “some period of time.” According to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, the issue with Edelman’s knee is not expected to be season ending.

Edelman likely suffered or complicated an already existing injury late in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. He left the game for a short time in the fourth quarter, but did return.

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Despite having what has been viewed as a ‘down year,’ Edelman leads the Patriots in receiving through six games. The 34-year-old recorded 21 catches for 315 yards before this injury. He hadn’t yet scored a touchdown.

This was supposed to be a crucial year for Edelman. His contract runs through 2021, but there is an out for the team after this season.

Without Edelman, the Patriots have just three receivers on the active roster in Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers, and Gunner Olszewski. Olszewski in particular bears watching. The second-year UDFA had a strong training camp, and his skillset projects the best for Edelman’s role.

The team also has three practice squad receivers, including Isaiah Zuber who has already been recalled three times this year.

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