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Report: Joseph Addai “quit” on Pats conditioning test


When the Patriots released running back Joseph Addai with a failed physical designation, it implies an injury or pre-existing condition or a simple lack of fitness.

Or maybe, Addai just didn’t want to push through the conditioning test the Patriots require.

Mary Paoletti of reported that Addai was “struggling” during the test and “simply quit.”

He was then released, leaving the Patriots with little experience on the depth chart at running back, where third-year back Danny Woodhead is the senior member of the group, playing behind 2011 draft picks Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, with undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden in reserve.

When Bill Belichick was asked about Addai Thursday, he responded simply: “It didn’t work out.”

It’s worth wondering at this point if Addai will get another chance. The 29-year-old was once dynamic, but has played just 20 games the last two seasons because of injuries. Having the reputation of someone who can’t finish isn’t going to help him get another job either.

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38 Responses to “Report: Joseph Addai “quit” on Pats conditioning test”
  1. 49erstim says: Jul 26, 2012 3:37 PM

    Wow! I sure hope that is not true. The worst thing to be as an athlete is a quitter. So sad.

  2. napoleonblownapart6887 says: Jul 26, 2012 3:44 PM

    Can someone enlighten us as to what is involved in the typical NFL conditioning test? I mean Vince Wilfork passed it why not Addai?

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 26, 2012 3:49 PM

    I’d rather play Ben Vereen and Ridley’s Believe It or Not than Upchuck and Addai anyway.

  4. harbaughshandshake says: Jul 26, 2012 3:49 PM

    This news just emphasizes how dumb Skip Bayless is…according to Bayless “the Patriots are gonna go 18-1 and win the super bowl, and Joseph Addai will be the big difference.” Just shut up Skip, just shut up…

  5. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jul 26, 2012 3:50 PM

    When my team drafted this guy, I said he looked ‘like a buster’ which drew the ire of several of my fellow Colts fans…

    Guess I was right again.

  6. t16rich says: Jul 26, 2012 3:51 PM

    Didn’t Haynesworth pass the Pats physical? That is really weak Joseph.

  7. censorshipisbad says: Jul 26, 2012 3:54 PM

    29 and done… He was dynamic only because the Colts were dynamic.

  8. thehatefulnerd says: Jul 26, 2012 3:54 PM

    Sounds like Ryan Grant will be getting a call.

    Dude’s got plenty left in the tank, for all you Pats fans who might be unfamiliar. He’s got enough speed to take it to the house, but isn’t flashy. Not much of a receiver out of the backfield. Doesn’t have the greatest vision.

    He’s great between the tackles though. Gets stronger and stronger as the season goes on. Solid dude.

  9. asw1028 says: Jul 26, 2012 3:56 PM

    They should give Cedric Benson a chance. He played pretty well last season and could probably contribute in a limited role.

  10. chazzmon says: Jul 26, 2012 3:57 PM

    I think this is the last we’ll hear about Addai. We’ll forget his name pretty soon.

  11. earthwormjim2000 says: Jul 26, 2012 4:00 PM

    paging Cedric Benson, Mr. Benson to the white courtesy phone.

  12. East Coast Raider says: Jul 26, 2012 4:01 PM

    It’s rather sobering to think that these guys can be “washed up” at 29 years old, but it’s true.

  13. brooklynniner19 says: Jul 26, 2012 4:02 PM

    Pats arent worth a sweat, I would of quit to! hahah GO 9ers!!

  14. towniesman says: Jul 26, 2012 4:04 PM

    known fact around the league that the Pats conditioning test aint no joke…..get outta town there Mr Addai

  15. cali49er707 says: Jul 26, 2012 4:07 PM

    Must be nice to just walk out on a job & not have to worry about the rent or mortgage getting paid, getting the bills paid, or putting food on the table for the family.
    Life of a professional athlete is alot better then I thought!!

  16. dclogicatlast says: Jul 26, 2012 4:08 PM

    Bill is cut throat. Gotta love it.

  17. cfmaguire9 says: Jul 26, 2012 4:17 PM

    For those wondering how a big DL can pass the test and not a smaller running back, teams usually have scaled criteria for what qualifies as a passing mark based on the individual’s height/weight/position.
    The test or expected times for Addai vs. Wilfork or Haynesworth is not comparable.

  18. ka14hof says: Jul 26, 2012 4:22 PM

    Yes, please page Mr. I fumble when the game is on the line Benson. Good call!

  19. cubear34 says: Jul 26, 2012 4:22 PM

    Manning extended addai’s career. Never impressed me. Edgerrin James and Marshall Faulk had real talent.

  20. EJ says: Jul 26, 2012 4:26 PM

    The conditioning test is not the same for everyone, different positions, different times. So comparing Addai to Haynesworth wouldn’t be accurate. Addai was probably trying to sneak some type of injury past the coaching staff, so that week one came around he’d be getting some type of money. He most likely knew no matter how hard he tried that he wasn’t going to pass the test, so he gave up.

  21. electionconfidential says: Jul 26, 2012 4:26 PM

    Addai might be the smart one…

  22. samoanjungle says: Jul 26, 2012 4:27 PM

    Guess they shoulda kept Green-Ellis

  23. crossland2035 says: Jul 26, 2012 4:31 PM

    Welcome to New England, Ryan Grant.

  24. kuehner131 says: Jul 26, 2012 4:32 PM

    You’re right, there is nothing worse than a professional athlete can do, than to quit on his team.


    Rae Carruth

  25. cleanface says: Jul 26, 2012 4:36 PM

    This sounds like much Addai about nothing.

  26. xli2006 says: Jul 26, 2012 4:38 PM

    therealbleedcoltsblue: “When my team drafted this guy, I said he looked ‘like a buster’ which drew the ire of several of my fellow Colts fans… Guess I was right again.”

    Funny thing about that, the Colts won the Super Bowl with Joe as a Rookie. You may be partially right in the long term, but Addai made a case for Rookie of the Year that season alongside a career year for Rhodes. If you think he was a “buster” right after he was drafted, you probably weren’t saying that 8-9 months later when they won the title.

    Joe is a serviceable RB alongside a true #1. He has enough balance between Backfield Blocking, Receiving, and Outside Rushing to be productive but he definitely is not a straight ahead pound the line runner.

    It wouldn’t shock me to see him in Denver on the cheap.

  27. burnsxpress says: Jul 26, 2012 4:56 PM

    Hey Pats..The Bulls are coming..Go Texans

  28. brenenostler says: Jul 26, 2012 4:57 PM

    Well, I don’t think teams want someone who “quits.” He’s regressed every season. And he’s almost 30.

    I guess it won’t be hard for Addai to call it quits though.

  29. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 26, 2012 5:01 PM

    And fans gave Irsay and co. Grief over releasing Addai, Brackett and bulluitt, hmmmmm who picked them up?

  30. momsasaynt says: Jul 26, 2012 6:30 PM

    I guess he needs Mike Golic to show him how it’s done lol.

  31. briggsweatbird says: Jul 26, 2012 6:45 PM

    “To train a dolphin you must think like a dolphin. Addai. Addai. Addai. Addai.”

    Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.

  32. cmizzad says: Jul 26, 2012 7:36 PM

    I know he had a decent few years, but I think it is safe to say the LSU coaching staff has not done a great job in preparing some of their more high profile players for the NFL. Russell, Addai, Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, anyone?

  33. hatesycophants says: Jul 26, 2012 9:20 PM

    Joe can still run. Not a number 1 anymore, but he can still contribute.

    Some of you folks don’t know what the heck you’re talking about. Spooky ain’t it?

  34. tackleberries says: Jul 27, 2012 12:53 AM

    You’re right, there is nothing worse than a professional athlete can do, than to quit on his team.


    Rae Carruth


    Best post I’ve ever seen here.

  35. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 27, 2012 1:03 AM

    I would rather have Eric Kettani in the backfield anyway. Pats may only keep 3 backs on the roster with what they have coming to camp.

  36. belicheckyoself says: Jul 27, 2012 1:17 AM

    Thought he wouldve worked out, looked a lot like Faulk as far as his backfield receiver skills a few years ago.
    Big agree with Samoan! Shoulda kept Benny!

  37. mornelithe says: Jul 27, 2012 11:25 AM

    napoleonblownapart6887 says:
    Jul 26, 2012 3:44 PM
    Can someone enlighten us as to what is involved in the typical NFL conditioning test? I mean Vince Wilfork passed it why not Addai?

    Believe it or not, Wilfork has a hell of a motor in him. He may not report at his listed 325lbs (though, word from training camp is that he’s lost weight in the off-season), but looks can often be deceiving. Last year, he tied with Kyle Arrington for the most defensive snaps on the Pats (86.8%). And he always seems ready to give it everything he’s got.

  38. troyer3 says: Jul 28, 2012 12:48 PM

    we don’t need Addai.

    Our future is in Ridley as our feature back and Vereen as a change of pace back.

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