The receivers of the Patriots of New England Julian Edelman has suffered a total tear of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee, so he will not play this season.
Edelman, who led the team in receptions and yards receiving a year ago, limped off the field with an injured right knee early in New England's 30-28 victory over the Lions. While many believed the Patriots didn't need any more wide receivers.
Edelman's injury does boring down the two head-to-head meetings between these two teams, the first of which will come Week 6 at MetLife Stadium.
This injury, if it is significant, doesn't make the Patriots a bad team but it is something to keep an eye on going forward.
Think about what the Pittsburgh Steelers would be if wide receiver Antonio Brown tore his ACL and missed an entire season. As many feared, Edelman appears to be done for the season. When the 31-year-old receiver ran up the field and tried to avoid safety Tavon Wilson, he lunged forward and nearly immediately after, he started to clutch the back of his right leg and knee area.
In addition to Cooks, a player like Danny Amendola might have an increased role during the regular season. He is coming off a career-high 1,106-yard 2016 season. Edelman has earned more than nine targets per game over the last four seasons and has averaged more than 11 yards per catch the past five years.
Quarterback Tom Brady, one of his closest friends on the team, showed his support on social media Saturday. With the unfortunate news of Julian Edelman's injury, he will be one of the main beneficiaries who could step up to possible help New England continue their dominance in the league.