Julian Edelman was in a good mood. He just finished reading the children’s book he wrote, “Flying High”, to children at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center in Newton and walked slowly, but steadily, without a limp.
“I’m doing good,” said the Patriots receiver, who signed autographs after the reading. “Pretty pain free.”
Edelman, who tore the ACL in his right knee during a preseason game against the Lions in August, had surgery two weeks ago in the Boston area and is wearing a black brace from mid-thigh to below his calf.
He even went into Bill Belichick-mode when he was asked about the operation.
“I can’t talk about injuries, you know that, c’mon,’’ he said.
Then he moved a few more steps, slowly but steadily.
He is not ready to cut across the middle for a pass but at least he can take his 1-year-old daughter to the pumpkin patch.
“I’ve had worse days, I’ve had better days,” he said. “It’s been a crazy year and it’s unfortunate with the outcome of my season and having to deal with this, but our team’s working hard and there’s a lot of guys playing awesome football.
“I look at our room — the receiver room — and you see guys like [Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks] . . . these guys are out there putting a smile on my face with how hard they are playing and how well they are playing.’’
Edelman joked about watching Amendola go into the stands after he scored a touchdown against Carolina and grab a flag with a JE11 on it.
“I may have shed a single tear,” Edelman said.
He also wanted to deliver a message to Patriots fans.
“Perseverance,” he said. “Ya got to believe, that’s all you got to tell them.”
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