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Taylor: 'I will bounce back stronger'

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  October 9, 2009 12:15 PM

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Patriots running back Fred Taylor, who suffered torn ligaments in his right ankle during Sunday's win over the Ravens and underwent surgery yesterday, told the Florida Times-Union that he is hopeful that he won't miss the remainder of the season.

"I'll know more once I meet again with the doctor," Taylor told the newspaper as he was driven home to Providence after his two-hour surgery in Boston. "I will bounce back stronger. I know it. I've prayed on it."

The 33-year-old Taylor, who played at the University of Florida and spent the first 11 years of his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars before signing a two-year deal with the Patriots in the offseason, told the newspaper he suffered a high ankle sprain as well as tearing "a couple of ligaments."

Taylor, the Patriots' leading rusher with 201 yards, lamented that he was just starting to feel comfortable with the offense.

"I had just gotten to where I felt [the coaching staff] trusted me," Taylor said. "I needed to have that 100-yard game [he ran for 105 yards in Week 3 against the Falcons] to prove they could trust me. That's the part that hurts most about the whole situation."

Taylor added that he's focusing more on coming back to help the Patriots than he is on his misfortune.

"I'm blessed, man," Taylor said. "I've already been through so much that this is just a minimal setback."

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