LeGarrette Blount, the New England Patriots running back, will miss the remainder of the season due to a hip injury.
Blount, the latest in Patriots’ long injury list, suffered the hip injury during Sunday’s victory over the Houston Texans. Blount isn’t the first Patriot to go down with a season-ending injury.
Blount was in the middle of another impressive season, leading the NFL champions by rushing a team-leading 703 yards and six touchdowns. The 29-year-old was a key component in Patriots’ Super Bowl run last season. Who can forget his performance in the AFC Championship game, in which he ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns? No doubt this injury could hamper Patriots’ chances of retaining their championship.
In the absence of LeGarrette Blount, the Patriots will turn to four-year veteran Brandon Bolden and sophomore James White. Also, Patriots have signed third-year player Montee Ball, a 2013 second-round pick. Ball was part of the practice squad on Tuesday and could make the final roster soon. Besides Ball, undrafted rookie RB Trey Williams has also been added to the practice squad.
Bolden has the support of Josh McDaniels, the Patriots’ offensive coordinator. “Brandon’s a talented guy,” McDaniels was quoted as saying by Boston Herald. “He’s had a lot of different situations come up during the course of his career here, whether through injury or otherwise, he’s really done a nice job for us coming in and filling in. He’s gone over a 100 yards a couple times, had some big runs, he’s carried the ball in cold, sloppy weather, and protected it for us . . . as he’s matured and grown in our system. He’s a dependable guy. We trust him with blitz pickup. We trust him to be in the game in those critical situations.”
With the postseason nearing, LeGarrette Blount would be hard to replace for the Patriots.