The Pats have lost a key part to their running attack, as RB Fred Taylor may be done for the rest of the 2009 season after having ankle surgery earlier today:
Patriots running back Fred Taylor underwent surgery today to repair severe ligament damage in his right ankle and could miss the rest of the season, according to a league source. The 33-year-old Taylor, who is the team’s leading rusher this season through four games with 201 yards on 45 carries and two touchdowns, is facing the likelihood of being done for the year, according to the source. But there is a small chance that Taylor could return during the final month of the regular season depending on how his recovery progresses.
While Taylor didn’t have a major impact on the offense like that of Corey Dillon years ago, he was still a part of the depth at running back, and could have made an impact as the Pats make their playoff run in the AFC. It will be interesting to see if he can return at all or if the team puts him on IR.