There’s a reason Patriots coach Bill Belichick sounded so grim about Kevin Faulk’s knee injury earlier on Tuesday.
Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports that Faulk has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, which will end his 12th season with the franchise.
We already discussed how big a role Faulk plays in the Patriots offense, so we won’t repeat it here. Faulk joins defensive end Ty Warren and cornerback Leigh Bodden as key Patriots that have been lost for the season.
Belichick wanted to strip away memories of the Pats’ glory days before this season started, but losing two veteran leaders like Warren and Faulk wasn’t what Coach Hoodie had in mind.
Faulk, 34 years old, signed a one-year contract with the Patriots back in March. If this is it, we nominate him for immediate induction into the Third-Down Back Hall of Fame.