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Patriots Notebook

Maroney takes a seat once again

By Monique Walker and Shalise Manza Young
Globe Staff / August 27, 2010

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FOXBOROUGH — Patriots running back Laurence Maroney didn’t play last night, spending the night on the sideline for the second week in a row. Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis received the handful of carries, 11 in all for 28 yards.

The Patriots have been rotating the running backs, but Maroney and Fred Taylor did not take a snap in the 36-35 loss to the Rams. Taylor had 11 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons last Thursday. Maroney played in the preseason opener against the Saints, getting eight carries for 30 yards and two touchdowns.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick cautioned against reading too much into the Maroney’s lack of playing time because “we never had the ball. We didn’t have any plays to run on offense.’’

Getting defensive
When the Patriots, particularly the defense, file into the meeting room this morning to review video of last night’s game, they know it won’t be entertaining.

“It’s going to be rough,’’ safety James Sanders said. “But we need it, we need to go in there and keep an open mind and make the corrections we need to make and move forward from there.“

There’s a lot to go over. The top defensive players were on the field well into the second half, and allowed Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford to complete 15 of 22 passes for 189 yards, and the defense showed little resistance as undrafted rookie Thaddeus Lewis started the second half with a 15-play touchdown drive.

“Very disappointing,’’ Sanders said. “Anytime you have an offense that’s moving the ball up and down the field at will, it’s demoralizing and it’s disappointing.’’

Return men
Cornerback Leigh Bodden and linebacker Gary Guyton both made their preseason debuts.

Bodden entered the game as a reserve and played into the fourth quarter after an injury to Terrence Wheatley.

“It feels good to be back out there,’’ Bodden said. “You know, [I’ve] got a lot of work to do but it was good to come out there and compete against another team; been out for a little bit. Just always good to start and get my feet wet a little bit.’’

Bodden was sidelined with a knee injury for more than two weeks and he returned to practice Monday.

He said he was feeling good physically, but a little off in his first game since New England’s playoff loss in January.

“I felt a little rusty,’’ he said. “It’s just a steppingstone. I’m glad I could play right now as opposed to it being the regular season.’’

Injury update
The Patriots announced safety Brandon Meriweather left the game with a leg injury. He did not return. Defensive lineman Ron Brace limped off the field with what appeared to be an ankle injury early in the fourth quarter. And Wheatley left the field but the team did not release either Brace or Wheatley . . . Receiver Julian Edelman did not dress and was not spotted in uniform. Corner Kyle Arrington was held out because of a light groin issue for precautionary reasons . . . Rams receiver Donnie Avery injured his right knee in the first half. “He probably has a significant knee injury,’’ coach Steve Spagnuolo told the Associated Press.

Monique Walker can be reached at mwalker@globe.com.

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