By Tom E. Curran
The Patriots' worst fears were realized Tuesday, as sources have confirmed that Patriots running back Kevin Faulk has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee.
There was no immediate indication whether or not Faulk will be placed on the injured-reserve list, but the injury has the potential to be season-ending. WBZ's Dan Roche reported on Twitter that the veteran running back is out for the year.
Faulk got hurt on an 8-yard reception in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Jets Sunday in New York.
The Patriots running-back stable is suddenly a lot leaner than it was at this time last week when Faulk and Laurence Maroney were in the mix.
Now, newly signed Danny Woodhead - who absolutely has a frame and game similar to Faulk's - could be tossed into the mix. Actually, the Patriots are fortunate to have made that move for Woodhead on Saturday given what's happened with Faulk.
News of Faulk's torn ACL was first Tweeted by the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young.