`The New England Patriots didn’t activate Julian Edelman from injured reserve for Week 15, and there’s still a chance he doesn’t play again this season despite a return to practice this week. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Edelman’s return to the Patriots could be reliant upon the outcome of Sunday’s game versus the Miami Dolphins.

Edelman was placed on injured reserve by New England following the team’s matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7. The veteran wideout was required to undergo surgery on his knee, with the hopes of returning to the Patriots before the end of the season.

However, if New England loses to Miami on Sunday, then Bill Belichick’s squad would be eliminated from playoff contention. It would be the first time since the 2008 season that the Patriots wouldn’t be playing in the postseason.