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Pats lose Faulk

A big blow to the New England Patriots, and possibly a big break for the Bills, with the Boston Globe reporting that running back Kevin Faulk may be done for the season with a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament. Faulk, a 12-year veteran, is the longest-tenured Patriot. He has been one of their most important players, particularly on third downs with his skills as a receiver and his ability to pick up blitzes. He didn't start, but has gotten more snaps than any Patriots running back since 2007 because of the team's extensive use of three- and four-receiver packages.

Faulk has been a Bills killer over the years, coming up with a number of big plays that contributed to the Patriots' decade-long dominance in the series. He'll be one less thing for the Bills to prepare for this week.

Faulk's injury comes less than a week after the Patriots traded Laurence Maroney to Denver. The Pats are not down to Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris and BenJarvus Green-Ellis as well as Jets castoff Danny Woodhead, who was signed last Saturday. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Woodhead has experience as a running back and wide receiver.

---Allen Wilson


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