EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman left Sunday's game against the New York Giants on the final play of the first quarter with a left foot injury, and the team later announced he would not return.
Edelman had helped the Patriots convert a first down with a 12-yard catch-and-run play on third-and-4 and came up limping at the end of the play as he was tackled by linebacker Jasper Brinkley.
Edelman slammed his helmet to the ground in frustration. He sat on the bench, took off his left shoe and members of the medical and athletic training staff examined his foot.
After a short while, Edelman then laced up his shoe and walked to the locker room under his own power for further evaluation.
Edelman entered the game as the team's leading receiver, with 57 receptions for 639 yards and seven touchdowns. In a further reflection of his value to the team, and how he plays in every package, he entered Sunday having played 87.7 percent of the team's offensive snaps.
In his absence after the first quarter, No. 3 receiver Danny Amendola saw an immediate increase in playing time in two-receiver packages, with No. 4 receiver Aaron Dobson bumping one spot up the depth chart.