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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Moss faces quitter criticism again


One catch for 16 yards and a lost fumble.

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That stat line was bad enough.

The allegations afterward were even worse.

New England Patriots receiver Randy Moss has had a rough few weeks. Whether it was being shut down by New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, getting kicked out of the team facilities by Bill Belichick or accusations that's dogging it, Moss has faced serious scrutiny lately.

The Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 20-10 on Sunday, but Moss had little to do with it. In fact, he did more harm than good.

ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss takes a look at what's going on with Moss and comments made after the game by Panthers defensive backs Chris Gamble and Chris Harris. They told the Boston Globe's Albert Breer that Moss quit on plays when it got tough.

It looked like that was the case on a Tom Brady interception in the first half.

Moss didn't talk to reporters Sunday, but running back Kevin Faulk noted the future Hall of Fame receiver was bothered by Belichick's discipline this week.

Moss and linebackers Adalius Thomas, Derrick Burgess and Gary Guyton were sent home Wednesday morning, when wintry weather conditions caused them to arrive late for a meeting.

"He was really hurt about the situation, getting sent home," Faulk said. "But at the same time he knew that's what Bill's wishes were and he had to respect Bill, and that's what he did."