Patriots WR Julian Edelman has torn ACL

Julian Edelman reportedly suffered a torn ACL when he went down after a pass reception in the Patriots’ game against the Lions Friday night.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported after the game that sources indicate they believe it is a torn ACL, but Edelman will undergo an MRI Saturday to confirm.

Dr. Mark Adickes, an orthopedic surgeon and analyst for ESPN, tweeted after looking at Edelman’s injury that, “I would be shocked if he does not have an ACL tear. That would be a season ending injury.”

Edelman led the Patriots in receptions (98) and yards (1,161) in 2017 and has led the Patriots in receptions two of the last three years. Edelman had three catches for 52 yards in Friday’s game before leaving with the injury.

Supporters of quarterback Colin Kaepernick came out to picket in front of NFL headquarters Wednesday afternoon to show they stood behind him.

Hundreds of people wearing 49ers jerseys with Kaepernick’s name on the back stood by the NFL headquarters in New York City. Many of the protesters called for a boycott of the league.

“I don’t care how long you’ve been watching football, if they don’t stand up for your children, turn the damn TV off,” Women’s March organizer Tamika Mallory said to the crowd of supporters.

Kaepernick remains a free agent since opting out of his 49ers contract in March. Many believe, because he kneeled for the national anthem last season to protest racial injustices and police brutality, NFL owners are blackballing him from joining their teams.seahawks_010