An injury-plagued career has halted what once was a bright future for Anthony Gonzalez. In New England, the hope was for him to revive what had been promising a few short years ago. But he was on his last legs.
Last season, he had no receptions in a reserve role for the 2-14 Colts while suffering various minor injuries throughout the year. In 2010, he played in only two games, suffering a high ankle sprain in the opener before going down for good in Week 8 of the season with a posterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee. He suffered a PCL injury to his right knee in the 2009 opener, causing him to miss the rest of that season.
If there was anything worthwhile with Gonzalez as a Patriot, it was the idea of him as a slot receiver as he was with the Indianapolis Colts. But with Wes Welker firmly in place as the team’s lead receiver and Jabar Gaffney and Julian Edelman in the mix, there was little possibility, if any, that he’d stick on the team. The Patriots now have 11 receivers.
In Gonzalez’s five-year career, he has recorded 99 catches for 1,307 yards. His last productive season was in 2008 when he caught 57 balls for 664 yards and four touchdowns. Since then, he has played in 11 of 48 possible regular season games.