FOXBOROUGH — Julian Edelman has been on quite a roll for the Patriots recently. He followed up a career-best 222 all-purpose yards against the Colts (scoring two touchdowns) with two more touchdowns in a Thanksgiving win over the Jets.
But Edelman was also knocked out of the Jets game early in the third quarter when he received a helmet-to-helmet hit on an end-around rushing attempt, fumbling the ball in the process. He’s been limited in practice this week, listed on the injury report with a concussion, but said after Friday’s workout that he’s optimistic he’ll be able to play on Sunday at Miami.
“I’m feeling a day better than yesterday, so we’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” Edelman said. “I’m sure the longer layoff helped everyone. Any time you get a couple extra days for rest, mentally, physically, it’s always nice.”
Edelman didn’t want to talk about the hit that knocked him from the Jets game — “That’s in the past, that was the last game. I’m more focused on the Miami Dolphins and executing my assignments this week” — but was busy on Friday making sure he had the right cleat spikes for Sun Life Stadium, where temperatures are expected to be nearing 80, quite a bit higher than we’ve had here.
“It’s definitely going to be a different climate for us. Personally, I like playing in warmer weather,” said Edelman, who has five touchdowns on the season, third-most on the team. “We’re not going to be accustomed to it, so they’re going to have a competitive advantage of playing in it. We’re going to have to adjust, adapt, and overcome.”
Edelman was preparing to watch his alma mater, Kent State, play in Friday night’s Mid-American Conference championship game, but was very mindful of Sunday, and what a win would bring. Beating the Dolphins gives the Patriots their fourth straight AFC East division title. Or one for every year Edelman has been with the team.
“It would be a lie to say no,” Edelman said, when asked if he was thinking about the game’s possible signficance, “but we’ve got to go out there like it’s any other week, regardless of what’s behind it, and do what we have to do.”