Patriots running back Sammy Morris injured a bone in his chest and will miss this week’s game against the Dolphins and probably more, according to a league source.
Morris was injured on the second play of the third quarter of Sunday’s 48-27 victory over the Cowboys when teammate Stephen Neal and Cowboys linebacker Bradie James landed their 555 total pounds on his chest simultaneously following a 2-yard run.
Morris stayed down and teammate Donte’ Stallworth immediately waved on the medical staff as concerned Cowboys players also stood around him. After about five minutes, Morris left the field under his own power.
According to the source, Morris injured the bone connecting the sternum to the clavicle and left the stadium in a sling and in excruciating pain. He could miss a month. If there’s a positive, it’s that the preliminary diagnosis did not reveal any broken bones.
Losing Morris is a blow for the Patriots [team stats], who worked out free agent running back Kevan Barlow yesterday to fill the void left by Morris’s departure. Morris had been a key cog for the Pats in the absence of starting tailback Laurence Maroney [stats], who has missed three straight games with a groin injury.
Morris rushed for more than 100 yards in his first two starts. The Cowboys limited him to just 14 yards on 10 carries, but with the Patriots opening a big second-half lead, he likely would have been called upon to carry the ball more late in the game.
With Morris out against his former team - a game he had no doubt circled on the calendar - the Patriots are relying on Maroney to return. He worked out in uniform before the Cowboys game and appeared to be moving and cutting well, which has to be considered a good sign.
However, the Pats will take things slow with Maroney, which means his return is not guaranteed.
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So Maroney is out and Morris could miss a month. Kevan Barlow makes an appearance in Foxborough. He's worth a pick up in larger leagues.