- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has a broken foot and likely needs surgery, WBZ-TV in Boston reported Tuesday, citing sources.
Edelman was injured in the second half of the Patriots' 23-16 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. He was seen leaving Sun Life Stadium with the aid of crutches while wearing a protective boot on his injured foot.
The Patriots have agreed to a deal with receiver Donte' Stallworth to help fill the void, according to sources. Edelman also serves as the Patriots primary punt returner, a role that could now fall to Wes Welker.
Edelman, now in his fourth NFL season, is in the final year of his contract and the injury is likely to affect his free-agent status in the offseason.