(Via Rotoworld) LeGarrette Blount was supposed to be a locked-in RB1 and touchdown monster following the season-ending torn ACL suffered by Dion Lewis in Week 9 against the Redskins. “Supposed to be’s” seem to never come to fruition in the New England backfield, which is one of the most unpredictable in the sport. Since Lewis went down, Blount has carried the ball 67 times for 256 yards (3.82 YPC) with one touchdown and zero Weeks 11-14. Blount didn’t top 66 yards in a single Dion Lewis-less game over the past five weeks and had been frustrating fantasy owners.
Well, the frustration has come to an end. Blount carried the ball 10 times for 53 yards this past Sunday night against the Texans before hobbling off the field with a hip injury and never returning to the field. He was spotted on crutches Tuesday. On Wednesday, the bombshell dropped that Blount will miss the remainder of the season and head to injured reserve. It’s a big blow to the Patriots’ rushing attack, even if Blount wasn’t running the ball all that effectively of late. He’s been a big-game player for the Patriots in recent years. Having just turned 29, Blount will be a free agent in March.
With Blount now out of the picture, the Patriots are left with a depth chart of Brandon Bolden, James White, and practice squadders Montee Ball and Trey Williams. One of Ball, who was just signed on Wednesday, or Williams will likely be promoted to the active roster this week. Following Blount’s departure Sunday night, Bolden dominated carries with 16 of them for 51 yards. He’s definitely worth adding as an RB2 for Weeks 15 and 16. James White should remain in his pass-game role.