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Report: Fred Taylor could miss season

The news regarding Fred Taylor’s ankle injury just went from bad to worse.

According to Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe, Taylor is “facing the likelihood” of missing the season after undergoing surgery Thursday for “severe ligament damage in his right ankle.” 

Taylor reportedly has a “small chance” to return in the final month of the regular season depending on his recovery.

How the Patriots handle Taylor’s status on the 53-man roster over the next few weeks will tell us if they are hopeful for a return.  The veteran starter is valuable, but New England has a deep group of running backs and it could become difficult to hold his spot as the season wears on.

Kevin Faulk, Laurence Maroney, and Sammy Morris have all taken big snaps for the franchise, and fourth-stringer BenJarvus Green-Ellis started multiple games in 2008 with success.

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18 Responses to “Report: Fred Taylor could miss season”
  1. FumbleNuts says: Oct 8, 2009 8:12 PM

    Call it a GREAT career……………………

  2. Kiss Bills Rings says: Oct 8, 2009 8:39 PM

    CRAP!!!!!!!!
    I sure hope Sammy & BJGE are the primary backs…..Maroney just isn’t the answer!!!!

  3. nato2424 says: Oct 8, 2009 8:42 PM

    Get the law firm rollin

  4. kravon says: Oct 8, 2009 8:54 PM

    Thanks for the memories.

  5. 8man says: Oct 8, 2009 9:11 PM

    What are Corey Dillon and Antwan Smith doing?
    Man, I hope he can play in December after he recovers. That would be quite a boost late in the year. Especially when you rely more on running because the weather turns rough.
    Damn, this just flat out sucks! But this is what happens to Pats. The injuries to key guys mount and they keep finding ways to win.

  6. TheWizard says: Oct 8, 2009 9:12 PM

    The guy runs with the heart of a champion.
    Law Firm in, after Maroney gets his one series.

  7. 1JagFan says: Oct 8, 2009 9:17 PM

    Looks like another wise decision by Gene Smith after all.

  8. leatherneck says: Oct 8, 2009 9:28 PM

    That sucks.
    Fred Taylor is a great competitor and an incredibly underrated running back.
    11,472 yards. 2,473 carries. 4.6 yd average. 64 TD.
    2,378 receiving yds. 288 receptions. 8.3 yd average.
    http://www.nfl.com/players/fredtaylor/careerstats?id=TAY220162
    One of the unsung greats. The Hall of Fame might beckon after he retires.
    While I’m not a Patriots fan, I have enormous respect for Fred Taylor. What a great back, and a great player.

  9. Richierich420 says: Oct 8, 2009 10:00 PM

    Good Luck Freddy T! Hope he gets back to get a ring because he deserves it!

  10. shine says: Oct 8, 2009 10:57 PM

    shocking fred taylor is hurt …. again
    nfl jerseys

  11. stanjam says: Oct 8, 2009 11:03 PM

    Man, I hope he can return. I really liked the way he ran. It was the way a back should run, textbook. Maroney has his games, but he keeps going back to habits that a running back can’t have if he is running between the tackles. Dangerous in open space, but often indecisive when making that initial cut.
    BJGE has the right moves, instincts, and running style, but I just don’t know if the Patriots are ready to rely on him. He COULD be the answer, but that is taking a big chance. Still, I think the Patriots may need to.

  12. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 9, 2009 12:10 AM

    Gee, who could have seen this one coming? Like, anyone who has witnessed Freddie’s multiple injury-plagued seasons maybe?
    Does NE have a plan, or have they just become the Oakland Raiders East, signing every name player to fill stadium seats, and waiting for the team to collapse under the weight of worthless contracts and injured old guys?

  13. HATERADE says: Oct 9, 2009 12:19 AM

    This dude was a stud. i liked him a lot when with jaguars early in his career. however, for some reason, i always ask myself (when his name is mentioned) “this guy is still playing?”
    how old is this cat!!?

  14. davis1281 says: Oct 9, 2009 7:19 AM

    ItalianArmyGuy says:
    Gee, who could have seen this one coming? Like, anyone who has witnessed Freddie’s multiple injury-plagued seasons maybe?
    Does NE have a plan, or have they just become the Oakland Raiders East, signing every name player to fill stadium seats, and waiting for the team to collapse under the weight of worthless contracts and injured old guys
    *******************************************
    Another dumbass post by guess who.
    They where 4th in the NFL last yr in rushing
    the next guy will step in, thats what they do
    Hate on Hater, Hate on……….

  15. jj jones says: Oct 9, 2009 7:39 AM

    “shine says:
    October 8, 2009 10:57 PM
    shocking fred taylor is hurt …. again”
    Ok spammer.
    Fred never got the recognition he deserved because of his early injury issues and because he played in Jacksonville. His rookie year is still one of the best in NFL history. I hope his season isn’t over but if it is, it’s probably the end of the road for him.

  16. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 9, 2009 9:11 AM

    davis1281 says: October 9, 2009 7:19 AM
    ItalianArmyGuy says:
    Gee, who could have seen this one coming? Like, anyone who has witnessed Freddie’s multiple injury-plagued seasons maybe?
    Does NE have a plan, or have they just become the Oakland Raiders East, signing every name player to fill stadium seats, and waiting for the team to collapse under the weight of worthless contracts and injured old guys
    *******************************************
    Another dumbass post by guess who.
    They where 4th in the NFL last yr in rushing
    the next guy will step in, thats what they do
    Hate on Hater, Hate on……….
    ================
    I guess you answered my question, LOL. If the fans are happy and the seats are full, why should Bob Kraft care about turning the Patties into Oakland East?
    Hey, NE fan. This will be your 6th straight season without a Super Bowl trophy. Are you sure your train is still headed down the right tracks? After how many years do you begin to get concerned?

  17. davis1281 says: Oct 9, 2009 10:22 AM

    Oakland East, sorry guy that’s just stupid!!
    Again Fred Taylor was brought in for depth, thats all.

  18. footballnut says: Oct 9, 2009 12:03 PM

    IAG is a brain dead chimp…
    05,06,07,08…so they’ve gone a whole four years without a title. Not five, and don’t be so sure to count them out for this year.
    Give it up, you’re a moron with no valuable knowledge of the game other than your tired, stagnant, witless comments regarding the Pats and their fans in general.
    Oakland East? You truly are a moron…

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