Today it was reported that Patriots' running back LeGarrette Blount, who left Sunday's game against the Houston Texans with a hip injury, was seen walking on crutches. While his availability for New England's next game was called into question, his ability to return from the injury this season wasn't.
However, according to the sources of WEEI's Jerry Thornton and WEEI's Mike Petraglia, Blount will in fact not return this year and will be placed on season-ending injured reserve:
As I just mentioned on the air, I'm hearing LeGarrett Blount's season is over. Don't kill the messenger.
Source tells me LeGarrette Blount is done for year with hip injury.
Blount is New England's leading rusher this season, becoming the undisputed starter after Dion Lewis was lost for the year in week 9. The 29-year old carried the ball 165 times for 703 yards and six touchdowns and has also caught six passes, one of which went for a touchdown.
Against the Texans, the Patriots turned to Brandon Bolden as the workhorse-back, with James White in his usual 3rd down role. The duo now is all that's left of New England's running back depth chart. Furthermore, the team has two runners on its practice squad: Trey Williams and recently signed Montee Ball.
Get well soon, LeGarrette!