This is the final week of the preseason and for Julian Edelman, it is the last time he is allowed in the facility until Week 5,as he gets in his final work before serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.
Starting on Saturday, September 1, Edelman will not allowed to participate in practice, play in games or be allowed at the team facility until the Patriots begin preparing for their Week 5 matchup with the Colts in early October. As the days are dwindling until that ban kicks in, the reality of his month long departure is settling in.
“I definitely put a lot more value into these practices and opportunities that I have had this week to go to out and do extra," he said. "I won’t be there for the first four [games], so I don’t want to go into those weeks saying, ‘I wish I would have done this, or I wish I would have done that. I could have had a couple here…’ It’s been a hard week.”
Edelman added: “It is what it is. Real football starts soon. It’s definitely been a reality check, but I am not going to sit here and worry about things I can’t control. Ultimately, I put myself in this situation so it is more of let’s go and get myself ready for when I can play. Taking extra time to get my knee feeling great, getting my other ankle feeling great, this, that, everything because the NFL football season is a grind. That is what I am looking forward to.”Julian Edelman Jersey .
It's unclear if Edelman will play in the final preseason game, but by the way he spoke, it doesn't seem likely.
While Edelman is certainly feeling the emotional tug of not being there with his teammates as they begin the year, he'll elect to use his time to continue to prepare for the 2018 season and be as healthy as possible once he does finally suit up in Week 5.