DETROIT — As victories go, this was about as hollow as they come.
The Patriots won their first preseason game Friday night, a 30-28 decision to the Lions at Ford Field, but the team is dealing with a potential huge loss.
Top receiver Julian Edelman suffered a right knee injury on the fifth play of New England’s initial drive of the game. Coach Bill Belichick had no update on Edelman after the game, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who was at the game, the Patriots fear Edelman tore his ACL and he’s scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday.
Edelman took a quick pass from Tom Brady and started weaving through the Lions defense. He planted his right foot and his leg bent awkwardly at the end of the 18-yard gain. He appeared to be wincing and grabbing behind his knee as he hit the turf.
He limped to the sideline and went to the medical tent. After Brady hit Chris Hogan for a 7-yard touchdown to cap the drive, the quarterback sped to the tent to check on Edelman.
“I was just checking on him. We’ll see what the extent of it is. We’re all hoping for the best,’’ said Brady. “It’s tough anytime a teammate goes down . . . He’s just an incredible teammate and player, so like I said, we’re just hoping for the best.’’
After a short stay, Edelman was carted to the locker room, his head hanging down.
Edelman, who had three catches for 52 yards on the drive…Read More