New England Patriots star wide receiver Julian Edelman will miss the 2017 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The Patriots announced Saturday that Edelman, Tom Brady’s favorite target and one of the NFL’s most clutch receivers, would be sidelined all season after the noncontact injury in the first quarter of Friday night’s preseason game at Detroit.

Edelman, 31, headed downfield after a catch and when he planted his right foot into the turf, he tore the ligament.

“Julian is a great competitor, works hard, is tough, does all of the things that you ask him to do. I feel badly for him, of course,” coach Bill Belichick said.

A quarterback in college at Kent State, Edelman joined the Patriots in 2009 and became one of Brady’s most reliable receivers. Last season was one of his best with 98 catches for 1,106 yards. He’s also a dangerous punt returner.

Bortles is starter

The Jacksonville Jaguars are sticking with Blake Bortles — because of his legs.

Coach Doug Marrone selected Bortles as his starting quarterback for the season opener, a surprising turnabout that said more about the team’s offensive line than its signal callers.

Marrone’s decision came a little more than a week after he opened up the job and pleaded with Bortles and veteran Chad Henne to “go out there and take it.”

Bills retain center

The Buffalo Bills signed longtime center Eric Wood to a two-year extension through the 2019 season.

Wood, 31, was drafted by the Bills with their second selection, the 28th overall pick, in the first round of the 2009 draft. The former Louisville star was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2015.

Around the league

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. sat out the preseason game against the Jets with a sprained left ankle. ... The Buffalo Bills sent defensive tackle Marcell Dareus home for an unspecified violation of a team rule. ... Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Kraig Urbik was released with an injury settlement after he hurt his knee. ... The Detroit Lions waived defensive tackle Bruce Gaston from injured reserve.