Rapoport has an encouraging update on Julian Edelman's injury status

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

From @gmfb: #Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder) is listed as questionable for the game against the #Bills, but he's expected to play. https://t.co/7nfoJWqr90

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Julian Edelman is all sorts of banged up. He's basically Danny McBride in Pineapple Express at this point. But he's not about to miss a big-time matchup against a division rival, based on the latest from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Edelman remains on the Patriots' injury report this week with a knee injury, which you can pile on top of the chest and shoulder injuries he's also dealt with over the course of 2019. He's still listed with the shoulder in addition to the knee.

The Super Bowl LIII MVP is one of the toughest receivers in the league, though, and he's indispensable to the Patriots offense. So in Saturday's game against the Bills' stingy defense, they can't afford to be totally without him. So Rapoport's latest on Edelman is a welcome one.

"My understanding is Julian Edelman is expected to play for the Patriots on Saturday in what is a huge, huge game for them," said Rapoport. "So much at stake, you know that he’s not gonna miss this one."

There's more at stake for the Bills than the Patriots. Buffalo needs to win to have a chance at the AFC East. But the Pats will want to get the W to maintain their grasp on the No. 2 seed in the AFC. The Chiefs can overtake them if they win and the Patriots lose.

Edelman moved gingerly during recent media availability at practice, but Rapoport's sources spun it positively.

"He actually moved pretty well in practice, just kind of a slow starter - [he's] probably less banged up this week than he was last week," said Rapoport. "So yes, expect Edelman to play and expect him to be close to his old self in New England."

Joe Kayata on Twitter

Julian Edelman is definitely struggling out there at practice. Check out the pain he is in on this receiving drill. Here is the updated video from practice today. @NBC10 #patriots https://t.co/0WsLvSfeHn

Whether the latter part happens on Saturday is a tough proposition against the Bills defense, which has allowed the fifth-fewest yards and second-fewest touchdowns to wide receivers this season. But at least Edelman is apparently inching in the right direction, health-wise.

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