Edelman limped off the field Friday night in Detroit, apparently trying to keep weight off his right knee, after making a catch during the opening drive.
The season is officially over for Julian Edelman. And Edelman's former teammates immediately began reaching out on Twitter even before he got an MRI on Saturday.
The 32-year-old receiver has been Brady's most reliable target for years.
In fact, oddsmakers in Las Vegas anticipate no impact on the Patriots from Edelman's injury whatsoever.
The Patriots kick off the 2017 regular season September 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
After leaving the field under his own power, he was taken to the locker room in a cart. 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.
The injury occurred during the Patriots first offensive possession of the game.
The Patriots have a long list of wide receivers, including offseason acquisition Brandin Cooks, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola. He is coming off a career-high 1,106-yard 2016 season. "I am relentless", he told Comcast SportsNet New England. In 2015, he suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot and missed the final seven games of the season, plus the playoffs. Edelman has reeled in 356 receptions for 3,826 yards and 20 touchdowns in that span.
Edelman leads the National Football League in receptions, targets and first downs in the playoffs since 2009, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
"We're all hoping for the best", Pats quarterback Tom Brady said after the 30-28 victory. "Hopefully whatever test they have to do comes back positively".