Detroit Lions wide receiver Patrick Edwards (83) makes a catch while bend defended by Ross Weaver (34) during training camp at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Patrick Edwards expected to play


Detroit Lions WR Patrick Edwards isn’t much of a fantasy option even with Nate Burleson out, but he is finally set to make his return this week after dealing with an ankle injury that has caused him to play in just two games this year. Although the Detroit Lions signed Kevin Ogeltree, the signing was not meant as any sort of an ultimatum for Edwards to get healthy or anything. In fact, Edwards has practiced fully this week, and he is fully expected to play in Sunday’s rivalry game against the Green Bay Packers.

Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is the one telling us that we should expect Patrick Edwards to suit up on Sunday, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, “He got hurt what on the first play or whatever of Arizona, haven’t seen him out there since. He’s worked really hard to get back. I see him getting back out there and giving us a boost, I would think.”

Edwards also made optimistic comments regarding his Week 5 status, as he stated that his ankle feels much better. He has just three catches for 30 yards this season (all against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1), but he is going to have a significantly bigger role in the Lions offense with Nate Burleson out. Edwards looks set to be the Lions No. 3 wide receiver behind Calvin Johnson and Ryan Broyles, and the Houston product’s speed is certainly of value to the Lions passing attack.

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