Injuries to Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris presented Maroney an opportunity to reclaim prominence in the Patriots’ backfield, which he lost last year when a shoulder injury derailed his season. In the three weeks the Patriots have played without Taylor and Morris, Maroney has rushed 49 times for 248 yards, an average of 5.1 per carry.
“Laurence is ready to play every week,’’ Belichick said. “He came into the season healthy. He had a good spring. He had a good offseason program, a good training camp. He’s been out there every day working hard. He hasn’t had any limitations. He’s been on the field on a consistent basis. He’s worked hard, and he’s been ready to go every week.’’
Maroney may not have the backfield to himself much longer. Morris, out with a knee injury, walked through the locker room yesterday without a limp. Belichick declined to speculate on his projected availability, but Morris might be close to returning.