FOXBOROUGH — Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman returned to action on Sunday, recording two receptions for seven yards. He had missed three games due to a hand injury he suffered after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens.
After beginning the year as one of the offense’s main targets and seemingly overtaking Wes Welker on the depth chart, he had a minimal role in his return, taking a back seat to Welker, who finished with six catches for 66 yards.
On Wednesday, Edelman spoke to the media for the first time since his injury, saying he is just trying to get back into the swing of things.
“It’s something I can’t control,” Edelman said. “If I get frustrated, I’m thinking about the wrong things. It’s part of the game. It’s unfortunate sometimes, but if you get knocked off the horse you gotta get back on.”
He said doesn’t know how he was injured.
“I don’t even know. But that’s in the past. I’m just thinking about St. Louis.”
Asked if it was hard to return and get back the snaps he had earned through training camp, he said it was. He said he continued to go to meetings, watched practice and tried to simulate a practice environment while he was out.
“I kept my shape up,” Edelman said. “Usually that’s the thing, you get out of shape. But that’s something I could deal with, stay in shape. But like I said, that’s all in the past. I’m just trying to focus on the role that I’m going to be given and I’m looking forward to that task.”
Edelman, who is from Redwood City, Calif., in the San Francisco Bay area, also said he is rooting for the Giants to win the World Series. At first, he said the Giants will win in six games, but changed his answer to seven.
“I don’t know, they have to face [Justin] Verlander twice.”