Belichick: Edelman still being evaluated

Belichick: Edelman still being evaluated
September 25, 2012, 5:41 pm
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On Tuesday, Bill Belichick gave something of an update as to the status of Julian Edelman. The receiver suffered a hand injury in Sunday night's loss to Baltimore.
"Well, we'll give you more information that tomorrow and see what he's able to do out there in practice," the coach said." I know that they're evaluating the hand and taking a look at it, trying to determine what the nature of the injury is and how -- or even the extent that -- it is injured and try to see where that is, and take a look at him tomorrow, see what he's able to do.
"We'll update you tomorrow after practice relative to his practice availability."
Edelman caught four passes for 28 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He went to the locker room early in the third quarter to have his left hand examined, and despite returning to the sideline later, never played another snap in the game.
The beneficiary was Deion Branch.
Branch had just one catch through the first two quarters. His role expanded in the third quarter and he finished playing 43 offensive snaps, which is 52 percent of the total.
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was impressed with the way Branch stepped in.
"It's interesting because Deion, in the course of the game, played multiple position in the game and his ability to do that really was a plus for us the other night. He made a couple adjustments and plays at the line of scrimmage or right after the ball was snapped that really helped our situation there.
"One, in the two minute situation where they blitzed a weak corner; he and Tom were on the same page, and a few other adjustments they made as well. Deion embraced his role during last week's preparation and was ready to go when we needed to and we needed him to help us in multiple ways and he was up for the challenge the other night. "
As Belichick said, more information on Edelman's participation this week will be available after the team begins practice. It stands to reason expectations for Branch will likewise be made clear as the days pass.