Pats could get Fred Taylor back next week

In his second season with the Patriots, veteran running back Fred Taylor has appeared in only nine games.  Last year, an ankle injury chewed up most of his season.  This year, a toe has limited him to only three games.

Though the Pats won’t have him again this weekend when they host the Vikings, the Pats could have Taylor back next weekend when they travel to Cleveland for the eighth chapter of the Belichick-Mangini feud.

It’s not a sure thing, but at this point it’s a distinct possibility that Taylor will be back.

The 1998 first-round pick of the Jaguars quietly has climbed to No. 15 on the all-time rushing list, and he’s No. 2 on the active list, with 11,638.  (LaDainian Tomlinson is No. 1.)

Taylor has passed guys like John Riggins, O.J. Simpson, Tiki Barber, and Ricky Watters.  On the not-too-distant horizon are Thurman Thomas (12,074), Franco Harris (12,120), Marcus Allen (12,243), Edgerrin James (12,246), Marshall Faulk (12,279), and Jim Brown (12,312).

10 responses to “Pats could get Fred Taylor back next week

  1. So we could get him back and lose him again next week. Great news!
    Guy is toast. He’s always had healthy issues, and his advanced age sure isn’t helping.

  2. It’s one thing if he can’t play and you have a good back-up, but that isn’t really the case. Woodhead and BJGE are not in his talent class.

  3. Any Pats fan who doesn’t think this team needs a healthy Fred Taylor for the stretch run should take off the rose colored glasses.
    The running game has been questionable at best the past few weeks and we can’t wait till next year for Mark Ingram etc. Fred Taylor is what we have until the Law Firm can show he can carry the rock. Woodhead is more Faulk like.
    Hopefully Fred Taylor can return and make the impact we have seen glimpes of.

  4. Wadman101 says:
    October 31, 2010 9:57 AM
    Fred Taylor, The Pats answer to JD Drew. What a waste of a roster spot.
    LOL! Very true

  5. Fred Taylor is what we have until the Law Firm can show he can carry the rock
    Already shown it.
    Green Ellis has been available every week.
    Taylor is a luxury to this team.

  6. Fred Taylor is at best these days a 10 down back but he is needed in the line up ASAP. Being able to sub him in for Woodhead and Green Ellis creates just enough of a wrinkle to maybe get the Pats 100 yards rushing as a team. I miss the days of Corey Dillon and his bone crushing style of busting through the middle of the line but you got ta play da cards your dealt and RB by committe is all we have these days!

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