Fred Taylor has a wrist injury according to a report by the Boston media. Taylor signed a two-year deal $5 million deal with the Patriots in February, and is expected to be a big part of the offense in 2009. The injury put those plans on hold.
The Boston Globe, citing media sources, reported that Taylor sprained his wrist in Florida while working out. The injury requiredrest and a wrap, but no additional treatment. It was unclear of Taylor's timeframe to return to Forxboro to participate in the team's offseason program.
According to Drew Rosenhaus, Taylor's agent, the wrist injury is not a major issue. "There has been some concern expressed in the media about Fred Taylor's wrist; I can say that there is nothing to worry about," Rosenhaus said via his Twitter account @RosenhausSports
One reason the Jacksonville Jaguars opted to part ways with their franchise leading back is that Taylor has been hampered by injuries throughout his career. When he's healthy, there are few better than the talented ballcarrier, but staying healthy is the concern.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick didn't seem to mind Taylor's history of injuries when making the decision to add him to the roster.
"I look forward to working with Fred as he joins the rest of our running back group," Belichick said at the time of the signing.
Taylor is atop the Patriots' depth chart which includes Sammy Morris, Laurence Maroney, Kevin Faulk, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and newly acquired undrafted rookie Eric Kettani and first year player Omar Cuff.