The news was not all positive, though. Per the Boston Herald, Edelman appeared a bit "gimpy" and could still be a week or two away from taking the field. Per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, there is still doubt that Gronkowski will play on Sunday either.
Still, this fits Bill Belichick's M.O. when it comes to easing his players back in. Over the past month, we've seen Jamie Collins, Gronkowski and now Edelman at least migrate their way off the training table. Collins appeared in Sunday's game against the Eagles for the first time in a month and played all but seven snaps on defense.
At least this season, it seems like people are smart enough to avoid the slipping Patriots storyline. This team lost a boat load of valuable contributors but will have them all back by the time the games really start to count.
Edelman may be the most important piece out of all of them.