Patriots wideout Julian Edelman is officially off the non-football injury list

Oct 21, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) takes the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 21, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) takes the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is officially back in action.

On the team's non-football injury list since camp opened due to a thumb injury sustained during an offseason workout, Edelman returned to the practice field on Monday, and appeared to have zero physical limitations. It was the first sign that No. 11 was fully healthy and ready to get back to work. And it didn't long for official confirmation to follow, as Edelman has indeed passed his physical and been removed from the list, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

With Edelman back atop the depth chart at wideout, and with Josh Gordon reinstated on a conditional basis and back at team facilities, Tom Brady and the Patriots have close to what is their 2019 projected group. The only player truly missing, at least right now, is veteran Demaryius Thomas, who remains on the PUP list as he continues to recover from Achilles' surgery. Cameron Meredith, signed on Aug. 2, also remains on the team's PUP list.

The 33-year-old Edelman, who was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season due to a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, totaled 74 catches for 850 yards and six touchdowns last season.