Patriots activate Kevin Faulk, place Dowling on injured reserve

AP

One of the signature players of the Bill Belichick era will be back in a Patriots uniform on Sunday.

New England activated running back Kevin Faulk and defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick off the PUP list on Saturday in advance of their game in Pittsburgh.

In a surprise move, the team placed rookie cornerback Ras-I Dowling on injured reserve with a hip injury.  The No. 33 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Dowling started the first two games of the season but hasn’t been since.

This makes the Patriots’ release of Leigh Bodden this week even more surprising.  The team knew Dowling was this hurt, but must have been very frustrated with Bodden.

40 responses to “Patriots activate Kevin Faulk, place Dowling on injured reserve

  1. Love Faulk’s game, but I would rather see more help on D, now that Dowling boarded the train for bustville.

  2. I tell you, that Belichick sure does make some head-scratching decisions. But somewhere down the road you always seem to come back and say to yourself “Oooh, that’s why he did that.”—– Well, that streak ends today. -_-

  3. Why does Belichick do this to us Patriot fans? If the Superbowl matchup is Greenbay Packers vs. New England Patriots there is no way we will be able to cover all of their recievers.

  4. think of it this way. the buffalo bills, the BUFFALO BILLS! lit up the new england secondary. far be it from me as a bills fan to talk sxxt but if they had trouble with buffalo i think there are some major chinks in that defences armour.

  5. I’ve had all I can stand of this.

    Belichick the GM/talent evaluator is KILLING
    Belichick the Coach.

    Mr. Kraft, it’s time to take away the talent keys
    from Bill.

    Hire a GM. PLEASE. He has too much on his
    plate.
    His talent decisions are killing a potential
    Super Bowl team.

    It sucks. Brady’s window is closing more and
    more each year. He could have won 6 damn
    Super bowls by now had the Coach made better
    talent decisions.

    He is without question the best Coach of all time.
    No doubt. But the goal with the draft is to
    acquire talent, not more draft picks, and
    DEFINITELY not STIFFS. How many stiffs
    has he drafted ?@??@!!

    He goes on Sirius Satellite a month ago and says
    “we are running the 4-3 because we had no
    off-season to teach the intricacies of the 3-4”.
    So where’s Aldon Smith ? Where’s Jason
    Pierre Paul !??! He’s effing killing that franchise.

    Those Superbowl wins are getting further and
    further away in the rear view mirror Bill…..

  6. Confucius say: If you keep drafting guys with an injury history they are likely to get injured.

  7. Why does Belichick do crap like this all the time? Its like clockwork. He cuts one guy at a position, and then will immediately put another guy at the same position on injured reserve.

  8. Man wtf! Ras-I looked rather promising in the first 2 games. It is what it is. Hopefully he’s healthy by the playoffs.

  9. They also cut Butler few weeks ago. He’s not a fine starter on D for Carolina. Can’t really understand what’s going on in their heads? Did they make eye contact with Tom Brady in the hallway? A big no no in Foxboro

  10. righthereisay says: Oct 29, 2011 4:29 PM

    As long as they can hack into Ben’s QB radio, they should be fine.
    ______________________________________
    Wow the Patriots have somehow placed a mole on the NFL staff which controls that radio communication, the equipment, the frequencies, etc? Or so you think they just TRUST each team to cut off the communication to the QB with 15 sec left on the playclock? 🙄

    Besides if they did hack in, you should be thrilled because there’s no other QB out there who makes more plays when he doesn’t do what he’s told than Ben. People like you and that foozie guy and 3octave etc who keep harping on this type of stuff (especially stuff that never even happened ) give your fanbase a bad name.

  11. As long as they can hack into Ben’s QB radio, they should be fine.
    ———————————————————-
    Here’s the call Ben, no means no. No audibles.

  12. beantownbeastoftheeast says:
    Oct 29, 2011 4:57 PM

    Man wtf! Ras-I looked rather promising in the first 2 games. It is what it is. Hopefully he’s healthy by the playoffs
    ——————————-
    He’s on injured reserve. There won’t be any playoffs. He’s out for the year.

  13. id be more than happy to have Leigh Bodden back in Cleveland. him and Haden would make great set of cornerbacks come on Holmgren go get another veteran since you cant get us a a receiver at least get some more defense that we need to keep other offenses off the field

  14. For all the people making comments about how the patriots suck and have no D etc… How is your team doing?? Unless you are a Packers or 49ers fan, shut your mouth because the patriots have a better record than your team. And last I checked records are what get teams into the playoffs.

  15. thenewenglandpatriots12 says:Oct 29, 2011 4:28 PM

    Why does Belichick do this to us Patriot fans? If the Superbowl matchup is Greenbay Packers vs. New England Patriots there is no way we will be able to cover all of their recievers.

    ———————

    Getting a bit ahead of yourself don’t ya think? How about we worry how the Patriots are going to cover the Steelers as a start.

  16. GBay defense is no bargain either, yet everyone is ready to hand them another Lombardi trophy. They’re 31rst in passing D, 27th in total D. 10-6 wildcard team that made playoffs on the last day of the season last year. Let’s see what happens. Tough to repeat.

  17. Despite your all-world offense, Bill Belichick’s defense is a joke and has been for the last six years. All of you pretentious Pats fans can put that in your proverbial pies and smoke it.

  18. unbreakable02215 says:Oct 29, 2011 4:41 PM

    I’ve had all I can stand of this.

    Belichick the GM/talent evaluator is KILLING
    Belichick the Coach.

    Mr. Kraft, it’s time to take away the talent keys
    from Bill.

    Hire a GM. PLEASE. He has too much on his
    plate.
    His talent decisions are killing a potential
    Super Bowl team.

    It sucks. Brady’s window is closing more and
    more each year. He could have won 6 damn
    Super bowls by now had the Coach made better
    talent decisions.

    He is without question the best Coach of all time.
    No doubt. But the goal with the draft is to
    acquire talent, not more draft picks, and
    DEFINITELY not STIFFS. How many stiffs
    has he drafted ?@??@!!

    He goes on Sirius Satellite a month ago and says
    “we are running the 4-3 because we had no
    off-season to teach the intricacies of the 3-4″.
    So where’s Aldon Smith ? Where’s Jason
    Pierre Paul !??! He’s effing killing that franchise.

    Those Superbowl wins are getting further and
    further away in the rear view mirror Bill…..

    ———————————

    He’s killing the Franchise by going 14-2 last year and being 5-1 this year all alone with the best record in the AFC? Your logic isn’t sound.

    Don’t forget that Troy Brown played corner in 2004 at times. They didn’t exactly have a great secondary that year but they won.

    Only one team can with the Super Bowl. No team in history has gone on much of a better run than the Patriots over the last 10 years. You’re right we could have won 6 (or at least 5) Super Bowls, but by that logic we could also have zero Super Bowls.
    The 3 Super Bowls weren’t exactly guaranteed victories.
    The teams talent is not an issue and Belichick has done a great job.

  19. dowling
    mccourty
    chung
    butler
    wheatley
    meriweather

    six 1st and 2nd round picks in 5 drafts on dbs. three are still on the team. 2 are playing. i love bb but he picks dbs like theo gets shortstops.

  20. Dowling: 6 games into his rookie yr, IR. Jury is way out.

    McCourty: AFC def rookie of yr, Pro-Bowl,All-Pro

    Chung: By most accounts, outstanding young player.

    Meriweather: maybe he didn’t deserve 2 Pro- Bowls, but got 4 decent yrs out of him.

    Other 2, busts. What do you expect, 6 Pro Bowlers? It’s the draft. Only 2 of those were mid- late 1rst round picks, the rest 2nd. Pats draft record stacks up favorably with most other teams. So does their roster. That’s why they went 11-5 when Brady went down. Look at the Colts.

  21. I don’t understand how anyone can be considered a bust because they don’t play out their contract before getting traded or waived. This team is consistently at the top of the NFL every year. It’s not due to one person or coach. Whoever they draft, they are always in the Superbowl conversation at the beginning and the end of every season. You think Belichick can’t pick secondary players? He maintains a balanced roster which includes the highest player in the league. I think he does a pretty damn good job of drafting players. I don’t see any of them as busts. They all have contributed in some fashion. Look at the wins and losses. Granted, they haven’t won a superbowl since 2004 but every year 31 teams are losers. To play consistently at the top and compete every year is pretty damn impressive to me.

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