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'It's been a grind' returning from ACL says Pats' Edelman

The 32-year-old receiver, who enters his 10th season, will have an extra month to rehab and recover before entering the regular-season action, due to his suspension.


Reuters Last Updated at 04-08-2018 06:22:02 IST

New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman told reporters on Friday that he still has plenty of progress to make in his return from the torn right anterior cruciate ligament that sidelined him for all of 2017.

"It's been a grind," said Edelman, who will serve a four-game suspension to start this season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy. "You're compounding day after day after day after day. ... You're always trying to go out and get better and I have to do a lot better.

"I feel like I got to get my legs under me a lot more. I don't have my camp legs. I don't have football legs, and it's evident out there [in practice]."

The 32-year-old receiver, who enters his 10th season, will have an extra month to rehab and recover before entering the regular-season action, due to his suspension.

Edelman will be eligible to play Oct. 4 against the Indianapolis Colts. He'll miss the home opener vs. the Houston Texans, followed by road games at the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions, and a home game vs. the Miami Dolphins.

"You just keep on going out, and you grind," Edelman said about the practice in training camp. "You keep on when you're tired when you don't feel well. You got to be able to perform when things aren't going great, and that's what [training camp] does.

"That's what eight days in a row [of practice] does, and that's what going out in training camp -- there's no light at the end of the tunnel right now. You got to go out and embrace it and take advantage each day."

Edelman set a career high with 1,106 receiving yards in 2016. For his career, the Kent State product has 425 receptions for 4,540 yards and 24 touchdowns since he debuted in 2009.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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