Julian Edelman is one of three key contributors who won’t be on the field when the New England Patriots meet the New York Jets at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The team announced Saturday evening that the wide receiver, running back LeGarrette Blount and cornerback Kyle Arrington have been downgraded to out for Week 16.
As Jeff Howe of Boston Herald first reported, the Edelman did not travel with the team to East Rutherford after arriving on the injury report this week with a concussion.
Edelman, who has also been battling a thigh injury over the last month, was a limited participant in New England’s last three practice sessions.
The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Kent State product is eight receptions and 28 yards short of his second 100-catch, 1,000-yard season in a row. And he totaled four receptions for 44 yards and one carry for eight yards in the team’s last meeting with the Jets on Oct. 16.
Four other wide receivers currently reside on the Patriots’ 53-man roster, and Brian Tyms and Danny Amendola are two who could be in line for a rise offensive snaps in Edelman’s absence. Tight end Tim Wright could also be in line for significant snaps out wide in two-tight end sets.
Edelman was one of 12 Patriots listed on Friday’s official injury report as questionable to play against New York.
Blount and Kyle Arrington were also among the dozen.
Blount rushed for 17 yards and a touchdown in New England’s win over the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, but saw his opportunities dwindle in the second half as Jonas Gray and Shane Vereen handled the majority in the second half.
Those two are expected to handle the bulk on Sunday against New York with the 250-pound ball-carrier nursing a shoulder injury.
As for Arrington, whose status was first reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston Saturday evening, it is a hamstring injury that will keep him home.
The 2008 undrafted free agent has played all 16 regular-season games for the Patriots dating back to 2010. But New England will turn to the likes of Logan Ryan, Alfonzo Dennard and undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler to cover the Jets’ slot receivers without him.