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Patriots will be patient with Julian Edelman's foot

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman returned from a broken foot to play in the playoffs last year, the fragility of his situation was reflected in what happened after the game.

Edelman was whisked off to the x-ray room, as the medical staff wanted to see if the screw in his foot had been compromised in any way. After the divisional-round win over the Kansas City Chiefs, those close to Edelman were relieved that everything was OK, but the AFC Championship Game the following week added more wear and tear to his foot.

In the locker room after that game, Edelman had trouble applying pressure on the foot. Then about a month later, at a pancake breakfast at Boston Children's Hospital, he deflected a question on whether he might require a follow-up surgery.

With that backstory, Wednesday's news that Edelman underwent offseason surgery and is expected to be ready for training camp does not register highly on the surprise meter.

As they would with any player in a similar situation, the Patriots will still be cautious with Edelman. There is no need to rush it, even if that means Edelman opens training camp on the active/PUP list.

The key is having him ready for the opener Sept. 11 in Arizona, and all indications are that it shouldn't be an issue.