BenJarvus Green-Ellis Active: Patriots Get Added Boost to Point Them to Victory

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 9:   Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots hands the ball to BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 in the second half against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Patriots were in limbo about BenJarvus Green-Ellis status for most of the week. Some reports pointed to him playing; other reports pointed to him being out against the Cowboys.

Green-Ellis, however, has been warming up without any medical attention ahead of the Cowboys matchup, according to Rotoworld and ESPN Boston.

Green-Ellis getting onto the field is a very large boost for the Patriots because Danny Woodhead is also active but warming up under the medical staff's supervision.

This means that Green-Ellis would be getting as many snaps as possible for him. With Woodhead likely to be more limited, the Patriots will be looking to Green-Ellis as well as rookie Stevan Ridley.

Green-Ellis had a career day in a Week 5 victory over the Jets, amassing 136 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.

In Week 6, Green-Ellis will be looking to capitalize on his strong form and break down the Cowboys defense. This will be difficult, though, because the Cowboys have been one of the toughest against the run.

The running game just has to even out the offense and allow for Tom Brady to have some stability and time to make his passes, so Green-Ellis is more of a complementary player. Still, he holds a lot of value for this Patriots team.

He also needs to block and take the ball to vary the plays and help push back the Cowboys from playing the pass too often.

With Danny Woodhead likely limited, Green-Ellis needs to create that balance.

He will not be the fulcrum of the offense—that will still, of course, be Tom Brady—but BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be more then a crucial part.

The Patriots have shown over the years that they can function even if not all the pieces are oiled and operating to the best of their abilities. Luckily for New England, the Pats won't have to worry as much about doing that with Green-Ellis active.