With as healthy of a roster as they can get, the New England Patriots are preparing for their matchup on Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. After a rough ending to the regular season, the team is hopeful they can bounce back against a Chiefs team that has not lost in a long time. Part of that bounce back will include Julian Edelman who has returned from injury and is ready to play.
According to NESN.com, Edelman has been cleared to play against Kansas City and does not expect to be limited in the game. After suffering a broken foot in the middle of the season, there was thought that Edelman's time on the field might be limited considering he has not played since the injury. However, the receiver denied the idea and is ready to go "full throttle" in the game. Edelman also noted that he has been careful not to overdo things while working on his timing with Tom Brady.
"I'm kind of my worst enemy when it comes to that, trying to over-push things," Edelman said, via ESPN.com. "We've had our staff work with me to keep me from hurting myself. So I think we've handled it pretty decent. We do work a lot together, and I know him and he knows me, but we still have to work very hard this week to make up on the ground lost. That's what we're going to try to do."
The return of Edelman is a welcomed sight for Tom Brady who will have three top receivers to work in the game for the first time in a long time. Danny Amendola is fully healthy following a knee injury while Rob Gronkowski will be on the field as well. According to the Boston Herald, Rob Gronkowski was absent from practice Tuesday. It is unclear why he was out as his previous knee injury has not been on the injury report in awhile. Add in James White as the passing-down running back and the Patriots will have the offense they lacked during the losses. That gives Brady a lot of confidence heading into the divisional round of the playoffs.
"There are a lot of people that sacrifice a lot to get to this point," Brady said, via the Boston Herald. "This is not a one-week event. This is a year-round event that you commit to, to play in moments like this, and this is when you need to be at your best, and if you haven't weeded out the guys that you don't count on anymore, then those guys, they're not playing."
The Patriots have a tall task beating the Kansas City Chiefs. No one is playing better football right now than they are. The Patriots must have their offense looking better than in the past if they are going to beat them.