Reports are emerging that New England Patriots starting running back LeGarrette Blount will be going on injured reserve after sustaining a hip injury in last week’s game against the Houston Texans.
The injury is far from the first major health setback that New England has sustained this year, even while maintaining an 11-2 record. Blount is responsible for 703 of the Patriots’ 1,178 rushing yards this season, including a team-leading six rushing touchdowns. Even though New England is 27th in the league in total rushing offense, they are also fifth in the league in total rushing touchdowns.
Blount had taken over starting running back duties from Dion Lewis, the former street free agent who amassed an incredible 622 yards from scrimmage in just seven games this season. Lewis sustained a torn ACL in New England’s early-November victory over Washington.
Last year’s leading Patriot rusher, Jonas Gray, appeared in six games with the Miami Dolphins this season, and was signed from the team’s practice squad by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this week. The second- and third-leading rushers from last year’s Super Bowl-winning team, Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley, are currently with the New York Giants and New York Jets, respectively.
Rushing duties will now likely be split between fourth-year back Brandon Bolden and second-year back James White, who has more career receptions (31) than rushing attempts (25).