BOSTON (CBS) — The bumps and bruises have piled up for Julian Edelman throughout the season. So the Patriots receiver was given the day off on Wednesday.

Edelman was not on the field for Wednesday’s full-pad practice behind Gillette Stadium, held out for “load management” purposes, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe. The receiver has been on the injury report for most of the season, and was seen limping late in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He was listed on Wednesday’s practice report with a new knee injury, to go along with the shoulder ailment that has been bothering him recently.

The receiver is on pace for a career-high 166 targets this season. Edelman has 90 receptions on 111 targets for 1,010 yards and six touchdowns on the year.

Defensive tackle Byron Cowart was also absent from the start of Wednesday’s practice, but did join the team during the session. He was one of six players limited during Wednesday’s practice:

LB Ja’Whaun Bentley, Knee
DL Byron Cowart, Concussion
OL Ted Karras, Knee
CB Jason McCourty, Groin
WR Mohamed Sanu, Ankle
DL Danny Shelton, Shoulder

It’s a good sign that Karras was back for practice, after New England’s starting center missed last week’s game with an ankle injury.

And as promised, quarterback Tom Brady showed up on the report, a full participant despite a right elbow injury. Receiver N’Keal Harry was also a full participant, listed with a hip injury.

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