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Patriots RB Faulk placed on I.R.

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By PFW staff

The Patriots announced Wednesday that RB Kevin Faulk has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Faulk tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Jets. The injury occurred as he was hit out of bounds following a seven-yard run.

Faulk had 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.

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 versatile 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 having been traded to the Broncos, the Pats are down to three RBs on the roster. BenJarvus Green-Ellis led the team with 11 carries against New York, and Fred Taylor has been the starter, with Sammy Morris coming on as a change-of-pace. They will suffer most with Faulk's loss on third down as he was an above-average blocker, reliable pass catcher out of the backfield and great at picking up blitzes. The recently signed Danny Woodhead could take over Faulk's third-down role.

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