Julian Edelman went from being one of the younger New England receivers to a seasoned veteran.
All it took was one year.
Edelman, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason but opened training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list, was medically cleared to return to action and practiced with the Patriots on Thursday for the first time since fracturing his right foot Dec. 4, 2012 at Miami.
The fifth-year receiver appeared to make it through the two-hour session without any setbacks. He ran sprints, caught passes and even returning a punt in his shoulder pads and helmet.
The only issue, Edelman admitted, was fatigue.
''The duration of practice,'' he said. ''These guys are in shape out here, running around with all this fast-tempo stuff. The train's moving and I've got to catch up.''
Edelman underwent a procedure on his injured foot in the offseason, sidelining him longer than he would have liked. Yet he was around the team as much as possible, attending meetings,...