Patriots' Maroney had a Broken Bone in his Shoulder

Aaron DodgeAnalyst IMay 17, 2009

It should come as no surprise at this stage in the game that it has taken months for the truth about an injury to come out in New England. The Boston Globe is reporting the long awaited truth about Laurence Maroney's shoulder injury. 

Maroney was injured in the second game of the season last year and was forced to sit out of Week Three because of the injury. He returned two weeks later, after the Patriot's Week Four bye, against the 49ers.

He rushed for 26 yards on 10 attempts (2.6 average) in that game and received a lot of flack from the media for it. Some called him soft, tenative, and a dancer. Maroney was indeed all of those things because he had a broken bone in his shoulder and was unable to lower it while running.

He was placed on the injured reserve on Oct, 20th because of the "shoulder injury" that we now know was a bit more serious than previously stated. He's excited about the upcoming season and sees it as his chance to finally prove his critics wrong.

"I've been gone too long," Maroney said. "The legs are feeling fresher than ever. Going back out there I know that I'm going to have a lot of critics. It's just going out there and proving everybody wrong. I think there are a lot of people that are counting me out and doubting me, but it's just going out there and having fun again."

With a chip on his shoulder rather than in his shoulder, it will be mighty interesting to see what the still young Maroney can do is a now crowded backfield.