It is uncertain whether Edelman suffered a break or sprain of the thumb while catching a pass, but regardless, New England now will be down another offensive weapon when training camp opens this week.

Edelman, 33, wore gloves over both of his hands at his youth camp this weekend, but the bulge of a small brace or splint over his left thumb was noticeable.

“I’m extremely excited for the new year. This is a new team,” Edelman said at his camp. “With training camp coming up, this is kind of like when school is back in session. We had summer break. You get to see all the fellas, and this is where you learn your team, learn each other and become accountable for each other, and create a consistency together. This is like the beginning shape form of your team, these next few weeks. It’s a crucial point. You put a lot of hard work in during the spring and it’s the next step until you’re playing with other teams.”

This is the well oiled machine known as the Patriots.  They’ll be just fine with or without Edelman.  It’s how they roll.

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