Fred Taylor Returns to Practice Field for Patriots


December 4, 2009

The Patriots welcomed back Fred Taylor to practice on Friday, according to the Boston Herald.

Taylor, 33, has not played since the Patriots' Week 4 matchup at home against the Ravens. He suffered an ankle injury and underwent surgery. He has been spotted walking through the locker room by reporters in recent weeks, though he's not spoken about his injury or his expected return.

In his 12-year career, Taylor has amassed 11,472 yards and scored 64 rushing touchdowns. He's also picked up 2,378 receiving yards and another eight touchdowns through the air.

Fellow running back Sammy Morris was injured just two weeks after Taylor. Morris returned last week against New Orleans, picking up 18 yards on five carries. Laurence Maroney has shouldered the heavy load of carries in both players' absences, and he's done well. Maroney has averaged 4.24 yards per carry in the last six games, scoring eight touchdowns in the process. His previous career-high for touchdowns was six, a mark reached in 2006 and 2007.

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