Blount Out For Season With Hip Injury
The song that best describes the 2015 New England Patriots, as It pertains to the health of their players, is Another One Bites The Dust. That's the case as the team placed their second player of the day, LeGarrette Blount, on Season-Ending Injured Reserve, according to WEEI.
Blount was injured late in the second quarter of the team's 27-6 victory over the Houston Texans, Sunday night. On a first down carry, Blount was tackled and then stayed down on the field for a while.
The injury first appeared to be something with his leg, but a short while after he left the game there were reports that he had been taken to the x-ray room with a hip injury. That news was troubling for New England fans to hear, as the play in question was one where Blount's hip was not contacted. Noncontact injuries usually wind up being more serious then basic, contact injuries.
The sixth year back out of Oregon is the second New England running back to see his season end on the IR, as the team's top skill back Dion Lewis was lost to a torn ACL earlier this season.
Blount had seen an increase in play following Lewis' injury and had been the team's top "power back" option, since he was resigned towards the end of last season.
On the season, Blount had carried the ball 165 times for 703 yards and six touchdowns, including 53 yards on 10 carries on Sunday night. He also had six receptions for 43 yards and a score in the passing game.
Reports had surfaced earlier today that Blount was spotted on crutches which was not a good sign for the club. Then the team announced the addition of former Denver Bronco Montee Ball to the practice squad, which added to the suspicion of a long term injury to Blount.
Blount's injury is another example of starter being lost on the Patriot offense, though his is not as difficult to come back from as New England spends most of its time passing the ball.
As of now, the Patriots have two healthy running backs on the active roster in Brandon Bolden and James White. The team has Ball, Joey Iosefa and Trey Williams all as backfield options on the practice squad. Look for one of them to be added prior to this Sunday's game against Tennessee.