October 5, 2018 / 1:28 AM / 10 months ago

NFL notebook: Edelman returns to Pats

The New England Patriots officially activated wide receiver Julian Edelman from the suspended list ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Oct 4, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) catches a pass before the game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

In a corresponding move, the team released running back Kenjon Barner.

Edelman missed the first four games of the season due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He had not played since Super Bowl LI in February of 2017, having missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained in the pre season.

The Thursday game marked the first time since Nov. 27, 2016, that Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski played together in a regular-season game.

—The Colts made a series of pre game moves, including activating running back Robert Turbin and releasing defensive end Tarell Basham.

Turbin was suspended for the first four games of the season for a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, but he was expected to have a role against the Patriots with starter Marlon Mack (hamstring) sidelined.

Also waived was defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, who had started two of the team’s first four games.

—Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to practice and got in a full session for the first time in four weeks, but his top three wide receivers all remained out due to injuries.

It’s the second week in a row that Rodgers has practiced on Thursday following a missed Wednesday session, but he was limited last Thursday and Friday. After hurting his left knee in the opener, Rodgers practiced only on Saturdays, on a limited basis, in Weeks 2 and 3 but did not miss a game.

However, receivers Davante Adams (calf), Randall Cobb (hamstring) and Geronimo Allison (concussion) all sat out again Thursday, raising doubt about their availability to face the Detroit Lions.

—Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen ran routes and caught passes in a shell and helmet during practice, his most extensive work since fracturing his right foot in the season opener.

It was the second fracture of Olsen’s right foot.

Olsen was officially listed as a non-participant on Wednesday, but he was upgraded to limited on Thursday. Coach Ron Rivera told reporters Wednesday the tight end would miss the Sunday game against the New York Giants, but the return to practice is a positive sign for Olsen’s Week 6 availability.

—With Baker Mayfield entrenched as the starter, Cleveland Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor did not rule out the possibility of requesting a trade before the Oct. 30 deadline.

“Right now, I’m focusing on getting healthy and continue to keep getting better and what I can do for the team, and that’ll do it,” Taylor told ESPN Cleveland. But when asked if that approach could change later this month, Taylor replied, “You never know.”

The comments were Taylor’s first since he was concussed in Week 3 against the New York Jets and replaced by Mayfield.

—San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman sees the NFL on pace to have the highest-scoring season in league history, and he thinks he knows why: the movement over the past few years limiting physical contact with quarterbacks.

“This is what the league wanted. They want record passing numbers,” Sherman told reporters. “You’ve got an average quarterback; the average quarterback’s passer rating is like 92, and that used to be Hall of Fame numbers.”

Sherman is right about the out-of-sight offensive pace after four weeks this season. In addition to points scored, the league is tracking toward shattering season records for overall touchdowns, passing yards, completions and completion percentage.

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