Pa­tri­ots lose prime tar­get as Edle­man is ruled out for sea­son

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - SAINTS 13, TEXANS 0 -

FOXBOR­OUGH, Mass. — New Eng­land wide re­ceiver Ju­lian Edel­man will miss the 2017 sea­son af­ter tear­ing the an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his right knee in a pre­sea­son game.

The Pa­tri­ots an­nounced Satur­day that Edel­man, Tom Brady’s fa­vorite tar­get and one of the NFL’s most clutch re­ceivers, would be side­lined all sea­son af­ter the non-con­tact in­jury in the first quar­ter of Fri­day night’s pre­sea­son game at Detroit.

Edel­man, 31, headed down­field af­ter a catch and when he planted his right foot into the turf, he tore the lig­a­ment.

Edel­man, whose spec­tac­u­lar fourth-quar­ter re­cep­tion helped the Pa­tri­ots’ record come­back win in the Su­per Bowl in February, signed a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion ear­lier this year.

New Eng­land also cut de­fen­sive end Kony Ealy, who was ac­quired in a trade with Carolina in March.

Jaguars name Bor­tles start­ing QB … for now

Blake Bor­tles is get­ting an­other shot as Jack­sonville’s start­ing quar­ter­back.

Coach Doug Mar­rone made the sur­pris­ing an­nounce­ment Satur­day, nam­ing Bor­tles his starter for the opener at Hous­ton and end­ing any un­cer­tainty head­ing into the pre­sea­son fi­nale.

Mar­rone’s de­ci­sion came a lit­tle more than a week af­ter he opened up the job and pleaded with Bor­tles and vet­eran Chad Henne to “go out there and take it.”

Bor­tles did enough in Thurs­day’s ex­hi­bi­tion loss to Carolina to keep the start­ing job he’s had the last three years.

Bills QB Tay­lor suf­fers con­cus­sion

Buf­falo Bills quar­ter­back Ty­rod Tay­lor was re­moved from Satur­day’s game against Bal­ti­more with a con­cus­sion.

The in­jury oc­curred at the end of the Bills’ sec­ond pos­ses­sion of the game. On a third­down play, Tay­lor was sacked by line­backer Matthew Judon and landed hard on the turf. The quar­ter­back was slow get­ting off the field, and he did not re­turn for the Bills’ next set of downs.

Odds and ends

Denver quar­ter­back Pax­ton Lynch left Satur­day’s game against Green Bay with an in­jury to his pass­ing shoul­der. … Cow­boys line­backer An­thony Hitchens was side­lined by a knee in­jury and guard Chaz Green by an an­kle in­jury in the sec­ond quar­ter of Dal­las’ game against Oak­land. The Cow­boys’ Ezekiel El­liott had eight touches (six car­ries for 18 yards, two re­cep­tions) in 10 plays in his only se­ries of the ex­hi­bi­tion sea­son.

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