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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 20: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots looks on before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

For the first time since his knee procedure in October, Julian Edelman practiced with the Patriots on Wednesday. The team confirmed his involvement with a tweet Wednesday afternoon, since COVID protocols prevent media from attending indoor practices.

Edelman has been eligible to return from IR for a few weeks now, but his status had been described as “day-to-day” by Bill Belichick as recently as Wednesday morning.

“Julian, I’d put him in the day-to-day category,” Belichick told reporters. “But, when he’s ready, we’ll start him. If he’s not ready, then we’ll keep working and we’ll wait until he’s ready.”

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It appears he’s now at least close to ready, as the team has three weeks to activate him. If they don’t he’d be ineligible for any potential playoff run. With their postseason odds incredibly thin, getting a veteran option like Edelman back on offense could be a crucial addition – assuming he returns before the team is officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Edelman played six games in 2020 before being placed on IR. He caught 21 passes for 215 yards, with no touchdowns.

Also returning to practice on Wednesday was edge rusher Shilique Calhoun. The team leader in forced fumbles, Calhoun has been on IR since mid-November due to a knee injury.

All of the players on the active roster were present at Wednesday’s practice, per the team, giving the Patriots perfect attendance.

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