Edelman placed on season-ending IR because of broken foot

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Edelman placed on season-ending IR because of broken foot

Julian Edelman's 2012 season is likely over. The Patriots wide receiverpunt return specialist has a fractured foot and will probably be placed on injured reserve.

Edelman appeared to injure his foot in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over Miami.

Edelman has 21 catches for 235 yards and three touchdowns. He missed three games with a broken hand earlier in the year. In the two games before Sunday, Edelman had his most productive games at wideout with five catches fro 58 yards and a touchdown against the Colts and two catches for 64 yards and a touchdown against the Jets.

Edelman also had a punt return touchdown against the Colts. He's averaged 15.5 yards on 17 punt returns.

The 26-year-old Edelman will be a free agent at the end of this season. As explosive as he can be, the breakneck style he employs seems to be a near-constant invitation for injuries.

After catching just four passes in 2011, Edelman worked out doggedly this past offseason and spent a lot of time in California working directly with Tom Brady. He had an excellent training camp and, when the season came, was ticketed for a bigger role in the Patriots offense.

But the hand injury suffered in the season's third game waylaid his season.

The Patriots are expected to announce the signing of Donte Stallworth later on Tuesday. Meanwhile, wide receiver Deion Branch is nearly back to full speed after injuring his hamstring last month. He may soon be in the mix as well.

Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

It was a tough rookie season for Cyrus Jones after being selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the the 2016 NFL Draft.

Despite struggling in the return game all season and being inactive for the playoffs, Jones will forever the labeled as a "Super Bowl Champion" after his team's victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

But you won't hear Jones bragging about the victory.

"I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to," Jones told Childs Walker of the The Baltimore Sun. "I was part of the team, but I didn't feel a part of it."

The 23-year-old rookie played in 10 games for the Patriots, seeing 147 snaps on defense. But his struggles in the return game were a talking point for most of the season after he came in with such high expectations as a returner out of Alabama. 

"Honestly, it was hell for me," he explained. "That's the only way I can describe it. I didn't feel I deserved to be part of anything that was happening with the team. I felt embarrassed that these people probably thought they wasted a pick on me."

Jones has already turned the page on his rookie season saying, there's "no such thing as an offseason" because he "didn't earn it."

Robert Kraft profiled on this week's 'Real Sports' on HBO

Robert Kraft profiled on this week's 'Real Sports' on HBO

Robert Kraft is a bit taken aback when he walks into a room at Gillette Stadium and sees the Patriots' five Lombardi trophies lined up.

"Wow. That's the first time I've seen five trophies there," he tells Andrea Kremer on HBO's "Real Sports" in a interview that will air as part of this week's episode Tuesday at 10 p.m.

"A lot of people have their big dreams and get knocked down and don't have things go their way," Kraft says, "And you never give up hope and you really just hold on to it. Hard work and perserverance. You just keep getting up and getting up and then you get that breakthrough. I think that's what happened in overtime down in Houston. And that's lessons in life that are good for anyone." 

Here's an excerpt: