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Old 10-08-2009, 09:12 PM   #1310
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Report: Fred Taylor could miss season

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on October 8, 2009 7:58 PM ET

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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