Edelman cleared to come off PUP

August, 1, 2013
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FOXBOROUGH -- Receiver Julian Edelman has been cleared to come off the active/physically unable to perform list, coach Bill Belichick said Thursday.

Edelman was present on the field with his teammates for the start of Thursday's practice.

The five-year veteran, who was re-signed to a one-year deal this offseason, had a "clean-up" procedure on his injured foot during the offseason that sidelined him.

"He wasn't able to do much [in the offseason] and he hasn't done anything in camp, other than work individually with the [athletic] trainers and stuff. He watches and goes to meetings, but he can't participate in anything," Belichick said. "I certainly don't think it puts him ahead. He has some ground to make up. We'll see how it goes."

Edelman totaled 21 receptions in nine games last season (3 starts). Given all the turnover at the position, his rapport with Tom Brady could have added value to the club in 2013.

Elsewhere, rookie receiver Aaron Dobson was present for the start of Thursday's full-pads practice. Dobson was held out of Tuesday's practice.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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