The Patriots have received some bad news regarding their longest-tenured player.
Versatile running back Kevin Faulk has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee, an NFL source told the Globe.
The Patriots have not given any indication if or when he might be placed on injured reserve. During a conference call earlier today, coach Bill Belichick was vague when asked about Faulk's status.
"They’re still working on it," Belichick said. "I think part of it is kind of how things come around here in the next day or so. It’s been… we’re not even 48 hours out yet, so we’ll see how things go in the next day or so. Then, they said that based on how that is, then we make a decision at that point."
Faulk, 34, suffered the injury when he was shoved out of bounds by Jets cornerback Drew Coleman in the fourth quarter of the Patriots' 28-14 loss Sunday.
Faulk, drafted by the Patriots in the second round in 1999 out of LSU, stayed down on the field for a few minutes while he was attended to by trainers and did not return to the game. He did not comment to reporters after the game.
His loss is a significant blow to the Patriots. The Patriots traded Lawrence Maroney to Denver last week, leaving veterans Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris and third-year back BenJarvus Green-Ellis as the primary ballcarriers.
Faulk is a dependable change-of-pace back, the Patriots' best receiver out of the backfield, and he's also an exceptional pass-blocker.