An emotional Kevin Faulk addressed the media in the wake of the news coming on his torn right ACL. And he confirmed the injury, and that he’ll go on injured reserve.
Faulk said he’ll have surgery in about a month, when the swelling goes down. He added that he’s received calls and texts from dozens of guys around the league — including some who had to track down his number to do so — but emphasized he’s not retiring. Not yet, anyway.
“I’m gonna rehab my butt off and see what happens,” he said.
Coach Bill Belichick said, “He’s a really special guy. He’s done a lot for us on and off the field. Hopefully, we’ll do what he would do, be positive and step up.”
Saying he decided to discuss his situation with the media out of mutual respect — he respects many of the reporters in the Patriots’ corps of media, and many of them have shown respect for him — Faulk spent almost the entire 45-minute access time talking.
Faulk took his time to cry about the injury and his season coming to an end so early, but now has accepted his fate and will move on.
He said he has seen reports predicting that his career is over, and those doubters are motivating him. When it was posed that given his injury, age, and the wear and tear of a 12-year career serving as evidence that this might be the end, Faulk disagreed.
“Injury: yes. Age: it’s a different era right now. Wear and tear…I never started at running back, so I never got pounded every play,” he noted.
Faulk acknowledged it was going to be strange not taking the field with his teammates, and even that it was strange to arrive at Gillette an hour later than he usually does. But he was still the first person in the meeting room, according to Fred Taylor.
Even though he will be around, and as a team captain intends to fulfill those duties and lead his teammates to the best of his abilities, Faulk is unlikely to watch the Patriots’ games.
“One thing I can’t do is watch a game I’m not playing in, especially when it’s my team,” he said.
Faulk admitted he knew right away on Sunday that his injury was serious.
“Of course. I think the frustration during the course of walking from their sideline to our sideline, it kind of showed a little bit,” Faulk said.
“When I got hit, I kind of knew that I’d done something to it. It didn’t feel normal,” Faulk added. “It’s the game we play.”
Faulk, the longest-tenured member of the Patriots, has played at least eight games every season since his rookie year in 1999.
“I’ve been playing a long time. I’ve been fortunate enough to play football for over 20 years, so to avoid an ACL injury, like a lot of people told me, I’ve been blessed, and that’s the good thing. I’m not upset about it, but let’s say I’m upset for my teammates because I put so much, and we put so much, into the offseason and training camp to go out there and be a good football team.”