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Reports: Patriots RB Faulk out for year with torn ACL

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By PFW staff

Multiple Boston media outlets are reporting that Patriots RB Kevin Faulk will miss the rest of the 2010 season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Faulk suffered the injury in the fourth quarter on Sunday as he was hit out of bounds following a seven-yard run. Faulk was visibly in pain and frustrated, leading people to fear the worst.

In his press conference earlier in the day on Tuesday, head coach Bill Belichick said the Patriots would know Faulk's prognosis in the coming days.

Faulk five carries for a team-high 22 yards rushing and had two catches for 15 yards before leaving the game Sunday. Through two games, Faulk had 107 total yards good for second on the team behind WR Randy Moss.

The way we see it

This is a devastating blow to Faulk and the Patriots. The 12-year veteran might not have too many seasons left and looked great in the first two games. One of the Patriots' all-time leaders in games and all-purpose yards, Faulk is reliable and verstaile and one of Belichick's favorites. "He adds a lot to our football team and his roles are the type of things that as coaches, we can really count on because he has just come through so many times," Belichick said earlier this month. "I hate to say you take it for granted, but you start to just expect it because it has happened so often."

With Laurence Maroney gone, the Pats are down to 3 RBs on the roster. BenJarvus Green-Ellis led the team with 11 carries and Fred Taylor has been the starter, with Sammy Morris coming on to change pace. They will suffer most with Faulk's loss on third down as he was an above-average blocker, relaible pass-catcher out of the backfield and great at picking up blitzes.

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