Blount didn't need surgery on the hip injury that ended his 2015 campaign, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. The Patriots' backfield endured hits during the season, as Dion Lewis (knee) preceded Blount's placement on injured reserve on Dec. 16. Despite missing the final three games of the regular season, Blount was far and away the team's leading rusher, totaling 165 carries for 703 yards (4.3 YPC) and six touchdowns. The Patriots must make a call on the unrestricted free agent in the coming months, but if he sticks around, he'll likely serve as the No. 1 back until Lewis has recovered from a torn ACL, barring other additions to the roster.
Blount (hip) has been placed on IR by the Patriots, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. With Blount on IR, Brandon Bolden is poised to head the Patriots' backfield Sunday against the Titans, with James White on hand to handle pass-catching/change of pace work out of the team's Week 15 backfield. Meanhwhile, Montee Ball has been added to the team's practice squad and further RB depth could be added by the Patriots in the coming days.
Blount has been ruled out for the season due to a hip injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. This is yet another blow to a Patriots offense that has already endured the loss of Dion Lewis (knee), while also working without Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, and Julian Edelman (foot) at times this season. In Blount's stead, head coach Bill Belicheck will turn to a combination of James White and Brandon Bolden, though the Pats will likely activate one the practice squad backs (Montee Ball, Trey Williams, of Joey Iosefa) in order to bolster their depth.
Blount (hip) was spotted walking with crutches Tuesday, ESPN.com reports. Blount was able to walk off the field after injuring his hip in Sunday's victory over the Texans, but he did not return to the contest, and still needs assistance moving around a couple days later, so his status for the Week 14 is uncertain. It's too early to tell if Blount will be able to play Sunday, but if he is unable to go, that would mean more snaps for Brandon Bolden and James White.
Blount (hip) will not return to Sunday's game against the Texans. Blount left in the second quarter, finishing with 10 carries for 53 yards. Brandon Bolden is now serving as the power back, and James White could also get some extra touches. If Blount misses time beyond Sunday, both of his teammates will likely get more snaps, though the Patriots might also sign a third player to add to the mix.
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