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Julian Edelman makes early return to practice field

Julian Edelman returned to practice for the New England Patriots Friday, much earlier than he was expected to return from a foot injury.

“It’s always good to be out there with your teammates and staff and put the cleats on and run around,” said Edelman, who broke a bone in his left foot on Nov. 15.

Edelman’s return comes one day after Rob Gronkowski was able to start practicing for the first time since injuring his knee on Nov. 29. The Patriots have lost two straight as Tom Brady has been forced to throw to an inexperience group of receivers due to injuries to Edelman, Gronkowski and Danny Amendola.

“I’m doing everything I can to get better every single day, and it feels good to be back with my teammates — just mentally and physically to be back with them out on the practice field,” Gronkowski said.

It is likely that all three will miss Sunday night’s game with Houston, although Amendola probably has the best chance of returning from his knee injury. However, with Edelman and Gronkowski able to practice, even on a limited basis, it looks more likely that Brady will have his top three weapons back in time for the end of the regular season and the playoffs.

The trio has combined for 174 catches and 19 touchdowns, and average more than 200 combined receiving yards per game.

 

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