Patriots nip Lions, 30-28

New England Patriots defensive back David Jones, left, reaches to stop Detroit Lions wide receiver Jace Billingsle during the second half of their NFL preseason game Friday in Detroit. (AP photo)


AP Sports Writer

ALLEN PARK — The New England Patriots may have a new challenge to overcome when they begin defending their Super Bowl title in less than two weeks.

Julian Edelman, who led the team in receptions and yards receiving last year, limped off the field with an injured right knee early in New England’s 30-28 victory over the Detroit Lions on Friday night.

The preseason victory may have been costly. Edelman was injured as he was tackled by safety Tavon Wilson, a former teammate.

Edelman was hurt on the opening possession that ended with Tom Brady throwing his first of two TD passes to Chris Hogan in the Friday night game.

Brady was 12 of 15 for 174 yards with two TDs and an interception. He helped New England take a 24-0 lead late in the first quarter.

“He’s as good as they come,” Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. “He gets the ball out quickly. He makes good decision. He’s an unusual guy. There hasn’t been anybody who has stopped him since he has been in this league.”