Julian Edelman to Miss First 3 Weeks of Patriots Training Camp Due to Thumb Injury

Ryan Hannable
July 22, 2019 - 7:00 am

(WEEI) -- Even though Julian Edelman is 33 years old and is getting set for his 11th training camp, the Patriots wide receiver is talking like it’s his first, but it may be another few weeks before he can participate.

The superstar wide receiver has been sidelined for the first three weeks of camp due to a thumb injury.

Edelman was seen at his Julian Edelman Football Clinic this past weekend with a small brace on his left thumb, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Despite the injury, Edelman appeared in high spirits about the 2019-2020 NFL season.

“I’m extremely excited for the new year,” Edelman told reporters. “This is a new team. Training camp coming up, this is kind of like when school’s back in session. We had summer break, (and now) you get to see all the fellas. This is where you learn your team and learn each other and become accountable for each other and work hard together and create a consistency together.

“This is like the beginning shape form of your team, these next few weeks. It’s a crucial point. We put a lot of hard work in during the spring, and (this) is the next step to playing other teams, so it’s definitely exciting.”

Despite the heat, nearly 600 boys and girls showed up at Lincoln Sudbury high school Saturday morning to learn from Edelman.

“It’s fun,” he said. “You get to come out here and you get to see the future. … (The kids) get to go play football with a bunch of great coaches. You get to see some guy that you liked or whatever, whether that’s the case or not, and then you get to eat a burger and have fun. That’s what summer’s about. 

“And I think it’s really important for these kids to come out here and actually do physical activity instead of staying in the house and playing video games. This generation is definitely different — and I’m part of that — and this is fun to get them out here and run around.”

The Patriots will officially kick off training camp Thursday morning.