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Thursday, October 8, 2009
Fragile Fred sidelined again



Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss reports New England Patriots running back Fred Taylor will need surgery on his right ankle.

Reiss story, which cited an unnamed source, didn't specify how long Taylor would be sidelined, but added the surgery wouldn't end his season "assuming there are no complications."

Not exactly stunning news, given Taylor's injury history.

Taylor, 33, gained the nickname "Fragile Fred" for repeatedly being hurt during his 11 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After the Jaguars released Taylor, he visited the Buffalo Bills but opted to sign with the Patriots. A wrist injury forced him to miss offseason workouts, but over the past seven seasons, Taylor generally was reliable, missing only a dozen games.

Although Taylor leads the Patriots with 45 carries for 201 yards and has the team's only 100-yard game this year, his absence shouldn't hurt the Patriots much. They have depth in the backfield and have been rotating Laurence Maroney, Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.