Julian Edelman has rejoined the Patriots’ offense.
The team’s star wide receiver has been recovering from a broken thumb and missed the first 3 1/2 weeks of training camp.
However, he recently passed his physical and was removed from the non-football injury list, according to a report from ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources.
Edelman also participated in New England’s practice Monday.
Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman has passed his physical and has been removed from the non-football injury list, per source. He’s back to work for New England.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 19, 2019
The typical timeline gave Edelman a six-week window for his thumb to heal, which would have him ready for the Patriots’ regular-season opener against the Steelers on Sept. 8.
It’s not clear if he will play in New England’s final two preseason games.
But, come Week 1, if he can stay healthy, he’ll be Tom Brady’s top target after tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement in the offseason.
Coach Bill Belichick was asked about the group of wideouts before Monday’s practice and noted a number of receivers who have yet to practice, including Josh Gordon, Cameron Meredith (non-football injury list) and Demaryius Thomas (physically unable to perform list).
“There’s still a lot of people we haven’t seen actively on the field, so ‘to be determined,’ ” he said.
Edelman opened last season on a four-game suspension for PED use.
He caught 74 passes for 850 yards and six touchdowns upon his return and was named the Super Bowl MVP in the Patriots’ win over Rams.