BenJarvus Green-Ellis Injury: Patriots RB Misses Practice

Benjarvus Green-Ellis was limited in practice on Wednesday and downgraded on Thursday as he missed practice with a toe injury.

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BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Kevin Faulk Injury Update: Both Patriots RBs Limited In Practice

The New England Patriots running back situation has developed into a bit of a mess with the return of Kevin Faulk from injury. The situation is now all the more confusing courtesy of today's Patriots practice participation report. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was once again limited by his toe injury, while Kevin Faulk was limited due to a knee issue. Faulk is returning from a torn ACL so he will likely be worked in fairly slowly on the practice field.

This past weekend, Kevin Faulk ended up with the most carries for the Patriots, grabbing six of the twelve carries. Green-Ellis had five carries and tight end Aaron Hernandez had one. Stevan Ridley has apparently worked his way entirely out of the rotation.

There are a couple possible explanations for why Kevin Faulk ended up with the most carries. The first is that BenJarvus Green-Ellis' toe injury was sufficiently a concern that the Patriots did not want to aggravate. More likely is that the Patriots fell behind early, could not get much going, and had to focus in on the pass. Kevin Faulk's future with the Patriots in 2011 is as a passing down back. More than likely, when the Patriots do grab leads, Green-Ellis will handle the carries and when they are in passing situations and/or trailing, Faulk will work his way in more frequently.

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BenJarvus Green-Ellis Injury Update: Patriots Running Back Practices Friday

A day after sitting out practice, New England Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was back on the practice field Friday. The Law Firm was limited in practice on Wednesday before Thursday's downgrade to DNP and naturally that raised some question marks about his toe injury. A return to practice on Friday would seem to indicate Thursday was more precautionary in nature.

The Patriots will release their final injury report this afternoon and it would not be surprising to see Bill Belichick list Green-Ellis as questionable. If he is probable all the better, but I would expect questionable. My gut says he plays on Sunday, but this could turn into a game-time decision. As a late game on Sunday that is not exactly ideal.

Stevan Ridley would get the start in his place if Green-Ellis could not play. Where it gets interesting is if Green-Ellis can play, will Ridley eat into his carries like he did against the Raiders? Bill Belichick is a tough nut to crack on lineup decisions, but Green-Ellis is the hot hand right now. We'll have at least one more update on this fluid situation.

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BenJarvus Green-Ellis Injury Update: Downgraded To Missed Practice On Thursday

The New England Patriots conducted their Thursday practice and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis sat it out, a day after being limited in practice. This downgrade from limited to missed is not a good sign for his fantasy chances this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. We will need to wait and see how he is used in Friday's practice, but if this holds up you will likely want to bench The Law Firm this Sunday.

If he is unable to play, Stevan Ridley would get all the carries against a Cowboys that is quite solid against the run. The Cowboys defensive line hasn't been fantastic, but the linebackers and secondary appear to do a great job containing runs before they emerge at the second level. This is not to say you shouldn't start Ridley if Green-Ellis cannot play. You should definitely start him, but temper your expectations a bit for this road game.

In the meantime, we'll be back with a Friday update on this fluid situation. It is possible the Patriots are just being cautious with The Law Firm but we'll know more Friday. It is also entirely possible you will simply have to wait for the Sunday inactive list before deciding what to do. Good times.

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