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Edelman hurt in Patriots' win

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August 25. 2017 11:12PM
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman injured his knee while running after this catch in the first quarter of New England's 30-28 preseason win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Lions strong safety Tavon Wilson defends. (USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady appeared to be in midseason form in the New England Patriots 30-28 preseason victory over the Detroit Lions on Friday at Ford Field in Detroit, but the game could have come with a huge cost.

Receiver Julian Edelman left the game with a non-contact knee injury in the opening quarter and did not return. Edelman, who caught three balls for 52 yards before leaving, walked off the field under his own power before being carted to the locker room from the sidelines.

There was no update on the injury following the contest, but NFL reporter Adam Schefter tweeted Friday night that the team suspects Edelman tore a knee ligament, and and he will have an MRI on Sunday.

Brady, playing in his second preseason game, went 12 of 15 for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while playing the first two quarters. Both of Brady’s touchdowns went to Chris Hogan in the first quarter, with the first score coming from seven yards out and the second from 32 yards. Hogan also finished as the team’s leading receiver with four catches for 70 yards.

Brady’s scores were part of a 24-0 start for the Patriots in the first quarter. Running back Mike Gillislee, making his Patriots debut, followed Brady’s scores with a one-yard touchdown run while Stephen Gostkowski hit one of his three field goals to cap the first quarter.

The Lions responded with 28 unanswered points before Gostkowski hit his final two field goals, including a game-winning 45-yard boot with six seconds to play.

New England wraps up its preseason slate on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when the New York Giants visit Gillette Stadium.

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