Report: Edelman has broken arm

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Ian R. Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has a broken arm.

The report doesn't provide details on how Edelman broke it, where the fracture is located or what the timetable will be for Edelman's return. But a broken arm is tough to play through.

ESPN.com recently selected Edelman as its surprise rookie for 2009. Edelman, a quarterback at Kent State the Patriots drafted in seventh-round and converted into a receiver, has 21 catches for 188 yards. Both figures rank third on the team.

The Herald report underscores how fed up the Patriots were with Joey Galloway, who was unable to pick up the offense or develop any discernible chemistry with Tom Brady. They released Galloway on Wednesday. He had seven catches through the first three games, but was a healthy scratch the past two games.

Sam Aiken, considered more of a special-teamer, was involved in the offense Sunday. He has four receptions for 30 yards in the blowout victory over the Tennessee Titans.