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New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman returns to practice

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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman returned to practice on Wednesday, one day removed from taking himself off the field after having his surgically repaired left foot examined.

Edelman wasn’t a full participant in practice, which was conducted at half speed in the rainy conditions in Foxborough, Mass.

The 30-year-old did not address reporters on Wednesday, but his presence in football pads confirmed earlier reports that his initial injury was not believed to be serious.

Edelman suffered a broken left foot and underwent surgery in November before returning for the playoffs. On Tuesday, the seven-year veteran threw his helmet to the ground while a team trainer examined his leg.

Edelman underwent a second surgical procedure on his foot in May that caused him to start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Edelman racked up 61 receptions and a career-high seven touchdown catches in nine games last season before sustaining the broken foot against the New York Giants on Nov. 15, 2015. He returned to the lineup to make 17 catches in a pair of postseason games.

A converted quarterback who was a seventh-round draft choice out of Kent State in 2009, Edelman emerged as one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets following the departure of perennial Pro Bowl wideout Wes Welker, amassing a career-high 105 receptions and his first 1,000-yard season in 2013.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound slot receiver followed that up with 92 receptions for 972 yards and four scores in 2014 and was on pace for another 100-catch season in 2015 before getting hurt.