New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman’s recovery from an ACL injury is on track, based on his latest rehabilitation video. According to WEEI.com, Edelman posted a video of himself on Instagram working out with resistance bands Tuesday (Feb. 20). The video carried the caption “determined.” One of the favorite targets of quarterback Tom Brady, Edelman suffered the ACL injury in the third preseason game back in August. In a November interview, Edelman said he’s regularly undergoing rehabilitation at the Patriots’ facility and the TB12 Center managed by Brady’s trainer Alex Guerrero [VIDEO]. “Mostly, all my time and energy are into getting this knee right and getting this knee back,” said the 31-year-old Edelman.

Edelman on track to return by training camp

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Edelman is on track to return by training camp. By the time training camp opens, Edelman is 11 months removed from surgery, so he’s on track, based on the 9- to12-month recovery time for an ACL injury. Two months before he suffered the injury, Edelman signed a two-year contract extension worth $11 million, including a $5 million signing bonus and $7 million in guaranteed money. A seventh-round pick by the Patriots in 2009, Edelman played 16 games in 2016, catching 98 passes for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. Without Edelman, the Patriots relied heavily on tight end Rob Gronkowski and wideouts Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola as Brady’s targets. Gronkowski [VIDEO]led the Patriots in receiving with 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight scores while Cooks caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns.

Amendola caught 61 passes for 659 yards and two touchdowns while Chris Hogan played nine games, catching 34 passes for 439 yards and five touchdowns.

Alan Branch hopes to return for 12th season

Patriots defensive end Alan Branch has one year remaining on his contract with the team, but he’s expected to be cut after missing the final six games of last season. The Patriots have to decide quickly on Branch’s future as he has a $1 million roster bonus on the first day of the 2018 league year on March 14. If the Patriots give him the bonus, Branch is expected to earn a base salary of $1.7 million, aside from other incentives, next season. Branch hopes to return for a 12th season in the NFL, but he is expecting that he could be wearing another uniform next season. “I love playing football. As long as they keep paying me money, I'm going to try to do it,” Branch told WEEI's "Dale and Holley Show with Rich Keefe.”