Julian Edelman reportedly underwent shoulder procedure last week

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)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

After a year of battling through multiple injuries, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman officially turned the page towards a healthier 2020 season with a shoulder procedure performed last week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Prior to this report, it was unknown if surgery was indeed going to be necessary for Edelman, who also battled rib and knee ailments this season, but that it remained a "possibility." But Schefter's report means that it was indeed more than just a possibility, but he also noted that the rehab that now faces the 33-year-old wideout is "not a lengthy" one, and that it should track so that New England's top wideout is indeed ready to go when the team begins its offseason program.

And though he was a battered mess in 2019, Edelman remained the go-to target for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady this past season, and totaled a career-high 1,117 yards through the air, along with 100 catches (his most since 2013) with six touchdowns.

Edelman, who is set to enter his 11th season as a Patriot and signed a two-year contract extension with the team last year, will turn 34 in May.