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Great news! The Patriots get to take out their frustrations on the Bills on Sunday. And now…the buzzkill: third-down running back Kevin Faulk reportedly suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s loss to the Jets, and could be lost for the season. The 34-year-old suffered the injury when he was shoved out of bounds in the fourth quarter.
“You really feel for guys whenever they go down like that,” Wes Welker said. “You don’t know what’s happening, but you’re always hoping for the best and hoping they bounce back from it. … I felt bad for [Avery] because doctors were there and they knew [he tore his ACL]. It’s a long process and you never know what’s going to happen.”
As of Tuesday, there was no indication that the Patriots were going to place Faulk on injured reserve, or if the RB could return by the end of the season. It’s likely he’s gone for the year, however, and that’s a huge blow to the Patriots offense, which already has trouble scoring in the second half.
“They’re still working on it,” Belichick said. “I think part of it is kind of how things come around here in the next day or so. It’s been… we’re not even 48 hours out yet, so we’ll see how things go in the next day or so. Then, they said that based on how that is, then we make a decision at that point.”
The loss of Faulk and the trade of Laurence Maroney leave the Patriots with only three healthy running backs: Fred Taylor, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Sammy Morris. Two of those backs are in their 30’s.
Tom Brady will miss Faulk, who is by far the team’s best receiver out of the backfield, one of the best on pass protection, and a sure-handed runner on third down situations as a change-of-pace back.
“Kevin is such a unique player,” Welker siad. “He’s such a great match up for us against teams and not only that he’s a great leader and a great guy. Whenever you put him in the game, [opponents] don’t know if we’re going to go empty and throw the ball around, which he’s almost like a receiver out there and the great thing about him is that he can play running back too. It creates a problem for them of what personnel they want to put in the game. He’s definitely a great player for us, and I hope everything turns out alright for him.” (quotes from Boston.com)
Well said, Wes.
In Bill we trust, for now. He better come up with something though to help fill Faulk’s void.