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Edelman facing playoff challenge

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  January 3, 2010 08:15 PM

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HOUSTON -- Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman didn't know the severity of Wes Welker's injury after the game but he said he would be ready if needed.

"I don't know what happened to him," said Edelman, who had a career-high 10 catches for 103 yards.. "I don't know what it is but, yeah, I'm going to have to do a lot of studying and just prepare like I did all year. All I can do is work hard and taking the coaching that we've had and go with it."

With Welker facing a season-ending injury, Edelman is likely to be in line to step in. Edelman was targeted 15 times today, picking up the most yards since his season debut against the Jets on Sept. 20. In that game, Edelman had 8 catches for 98 yards. Edelman got the start because Welker was inactive due to an injury.

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