Julian Edelman speaks out on what it feels like not being with the Patriots

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman tore his right ACL against the Detroit Lions in a preseason game. He had surgery and is still wearing the brace, and he won’t play at all this year, after being a hero in the Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons.

He’s still staying involved with the community, and he recently went to the Leventhal-Sidman Center to read “Flying High” – his children’s book – to a group of kids. He was asked what it was like going through rehab and everything else while the team is still playing on Sundays.

“It just sucks not to be out there with them,” Edelman said, per Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “But that’s part of the game.”

He has been watching what they’re doing without him, and he likes a lot of what he sees, despite their 3-2 record.

“It’s been a crazy year,” he said. “It’s unfortunate the outcome of my season and having to deal with this. But our team is working hard. There’s a lot of guys playing awesome football. I look at our room, the receiver room, and see a lot of guys like Hogues (Chris Hogan), and Dola (Danny Amendola), and Cookie (Brandin Cooks), those guys are out there, putting a smile on my face with how hard they’re playing and how well they’re playing.”

When asked specifically how he was doing, it sounded like something of a roller coaster.

“I’ve had worse days,” he said. “I’ve had better days.”

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