Former Kent State quarterback Julian Edelman tears ACL, out for year

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Kent State University President Beverly Warren and Kent State alumnus and current New England Patriots player Julian Edelman get ready to start the Kent State Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Edelman returned to his alma mater to take part in the Homecoming parade as Grand Marshal. 

Henry Palattella

Julian Edelman, New England Patriots wide receiver and former Kent State quarterback, suffered a non-contact leg injury during New England’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions Friday, which resulted in a complete tear of the ACL in his right knee, as first reported by Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.

Edelman made a catch down the middle of the field and cut upfield before landing awkwardly on his right leg and crumbling to the turf. 

Edelman, who recorded a career-high 1,106 receiving yards and three touchdowns last year, has won two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots, and arguably had the play of the year in last year’s Super Bowl when he made a fingertip catch that kept the Patriots’ rally alive.

Edelman spent three years as quarterback for Kent State, where he totaled 4,997 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Edelman signed a two-year, $11 million contract extension this past offseason with the Patriots. 

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