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Patriots' Julian Edelman uncertain if he will be cleared to play in Week 1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Speaking for the first time since suffering a leg injury at the start training camp, New England Patriots' Julian Edelman is uncertain whether he will be ready for the season opener on Sept. 10.

"Ask Bill [Belichick]. I’m taking it day by day and I think I’m 10 seconds better than the last 10 seconds, so we’re good," Edelman said.

The Patriots' receiver suffered the injury on Aug. 2 and said he’s been taking a lot of mental reps and is doing anything he can to stay mentally prepared for when he’s given medical clearance. He said it’s been difficult to watch from the outside while the team is already two games into the exhibition schedule.

"Any time you’re not able to go out there and play it’s difficult, but it’s part of the game," he said. "I’m just working hard, doing everything I can each and every day to improve myself each and every day."

When asked if he’s in game shape, Edelman said: "It’s one of those things where I don’t have an answer to -- I don’t know. We’ll see."

When he’s finally cleared for game action, he’s hoping to be ready.

"When that comes it’s going to be awesome," he said. "That’s what you play the game for. You put a lot of hard work in the offseason and try to get yourself better and then something like this happens where you haven’t been able to practice as much as you’ve wanted to and you’ve just got to learn from it and get better."