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Old 10-08-2009, 09:31 PM   #1
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FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots running back Fred Taylor underwent surgery today to repair severe ligament damage in his right ankle and could miss the rest of the season, according to a league source.

The 33-year-old Taylor, who is the team's leading rusher this season through four games with 201 yards on 45 carries and two touchdowns, is facing the likelihood of being done for the year, according to the source. But there is a small chance that Taylor could return during the final month of the regular season depending on how his recovery progresses.

Taylor sustained an eversion ankle sprain -- meaning he rolled his ankle to the outside -- on his final carry in the Patriots' 27-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Taylor, who finished the game with seven carries for 25 yards, hobbled to the sideline following the 3-yard run with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter.

He did not return and was absent from practice on Wednesday.

Taylor's ankle surgery was done by Dr. George Theodore, the same surgeon who reconstructed the ruptured peroneal tendon sheath of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in 2004, after Schilling famously pitched in the playoffs and World Series that year with sutures to hold the tendon in place, allowing him to help the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years.

Taylor, who is in his 12th NFL season, joined the Patriots this season, signing a two-year, $5 million deal. He had spent the previous 11 seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2005, he missed four games for Jacksonville with what was initially referred to as a sprained right ankle, but after further tests the Jaguars re-classified the injury as a bone bruise.

The last time Taylor played in all 16 games of a season was 2003, when he was in the middle of a stretch of 46 consecutive starts. However, in both 2006 and 2007 he played in 15 games, and in '07 the only game he missed was the season-finale, when he was a healthy deactivation as Jacksonville prepared for the playoffs.

Last season, Taylor missed three games with a torn ligament in his thumb.

His absence leaves the Patriots with Laurence Maroney, Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who has been a healthy inactive in three of the team's four games, including the last two, as their stable of running backs.
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NE is going to throw the **** out of the ball this Sunday.
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Brady meet the Denver secondary that you are going to be forced to challenge. You're ****ed, you just don't know it yet.

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Old 10-08-2009, 10:57 PM   #6
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Sammy Morris ususally has a good game against Denver. Faulk catches a bunch of those arrow, and checkdown routes. I expect Brady to air it out.
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Considering the forecast calls for snow, airing it out may not be a great option for New England.

Could be to our advantage.
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Airing it out might be decided by the weather as well. Our secondary better be ready for an air attack
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Considering the forecast calls for snow, airing it out may not be a great option for New England.

Could be to our advantage.
Snow is great for passing as the defenders have the disadvantage not knowing which way the recievers are going.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:12 PM   #11
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That goes on both sides of the ball? For both teams? Or is this one of those things that works only for the Pats?
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Snow is great for passing as the defenders have the disadvantage not knowing which way the recievers are going.
Not necessarily. The cold weather makes the ball harder, harder to throw, harder to catch. It also makes footing for both receiver and defender more difficult. I've seen it many times on both sides of the ball. Wet balls are easier to drop too.

There is a reason why, late in the season, teams from the north run the ball more than they pass by a large margin.
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I cant wait to see Brian Dawkins light someone up in the snow. That dude is made for crappy conditions.
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nice try Taylor. But when your 45 you don't usually last too long in the NFL. Hahhahhaha. Seriously, he's old for a RB. He makes LT look like a rookie.
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Old 10-09-2009, 01:57 AM   #15
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I think this is bigger then buck missing the game. We have Moreno, they have Moroney. Maroney just not looking good. I think Broncos going to eat him for lunch that day.
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I think this is bigger then buck missing the game. We have Moreno, they have Moroney. Maroney just not looking good. I think Broncos going to eat him for lunch that day.

Yeah, I can't put my finger on that one. Moroney looked really good last year. I just don't see him making as many plays so far this year. But he's got the talent to turn it on so I'm not gonna say we're going to shut this guy down. But I would say we hold the Pats to under 100 yds rushing.
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Yeah, I can't put my finger on that one. Moroney looked really good last year. I just don't see him making as many plays so far this year. But he's got the talent to turn it on so I'm not gonna say we're going to shut this guy down. But I would say we hold the Pats to under 100 yds rushing.
He's running like he can't make up his mind. He seems afraid to lower shoulders and run into people. He slows down, he makes moves in backfield instead of hitting hole etc etc. I'm not sure Broncos defense the best one to try and solve those problems against as we seem really mean and fast to the ball this yr.

I doubt NE even tries to establish the run early. They are coming out in shotgun, and they are throwing it 40 times or more.
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I think this is bigger then buck missing the game. We have Moreno, they have Moroney. Maroney just not looking good. I think Broncos going to eat him for lunch that day.
what happened to Maroney? coming out of college he seemed like the most complete back in that draft and was set to light the league on fire. i seem to recall he was the guy we were targeting had we not made a few moves.
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what happened to Maroney? coming out of college he seemed like the most complete back in that draft and was set to light the league on fire. i seem to recall he was the guy we were targeting had we not made a few moves.
I have no idea. My guess would be that his really bad shoulder injury maybe diminished his willingness to lower his head and pound away. Then he had the groin, and the ankle. Who knows maybe he's just soft and lacks the toughness needed.

I don't know but from what I have heard he isn't running with power. I doubt he can outrun the Broncos.
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You have to give Taylor props on surviving this long in the NFL. Amazing career.
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Yeah, I can't put my finger on that one. Moroney looked really good last year.
Ummmmm, here are his stats from last year:

3 games
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Maybe he was a sharp dresser on the sidelines or something.
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Morris rushed for 138 against Denver last year.
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Taylor's always been injury prone, but his talent makes him attractive. I guess this is one that finally didn't work out for Bellicheat. I'm distraught.

OK, I'm over it.
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