Pats Need Maroney Healthy As Camp Looms

With training camp less than a month away, the Patroits are still closely checking on theMaroney status of starting running back Laurence Maroney, who is still trying to get back to 100 percent after a shoulder injury.  Last season Maroney was second on the team in rushing with 745 yards and 6 touchdowns.  He averaged 4.3 yards per carry, and now with Corey Dillon out of the loop, Maroney is expected to be the workhorse this season for New England, which makes the shoulder even more of a concern.  Recently Pats head coach Bill Belichick told a radio station in Boston that his stud back should be good to go for training camp.  “I’m sure he’ll be close,” Belichick said. “He’s doing well. He’s worked extremely hard this offseason.”

At 5-foot-11, 220 pounds, Maroney is a punishinig runner, and having that shoulder as close to 100 perecent of the season is very important.  The offseason shoulder surgery was supposed to make it so he can be in training camp, and the team and Maroney is aiming for that goal.  If Maroney is not ready come camp, the burden will fall on players such as Heath Evans, Kevin Faulk, and 7-year-Pro Sammy Morris.  The Pats cannot afford to push the buttons too hard with Maroney, but at the same time, they are left with little in reserve if their top back is held back for any reason

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