Patriots Running Back Out for the Season

The New England Patriots backfield will be without a versatile threat for the remainder of the year. According to the Boston Globe's Jim McBride, running back Ty Montgomery underwent shoulder surgery and is out for the season.

Montgomery nabbed a touchdown reception in the Patriots' season-opening 20-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins, and it turned out to be his only action of the year. He appeared in line for a significant role with the team, playing 37% of the offensive snaps in his lone appearance.

With Montgomery out, the Patriots typically mercurial backfield has come into focus. Rhamondre Stevenson will dominate targets in the passing game while splitting carries with Damien Harris. They've led the Patriots to 1055 rushing yards and 4.1 yards per attempt across nine games.

Mongomery joined the Patriots as a free agent this past offseason after two years with the New Orleans Saints. A reliable pass catcher at running back, Montgomery has totalled 1119 receiving yards and 1178 rushing yards over his eight-year career. He'll likely return in 2023 as backfield depth, either for the Patriots or another team looking for a capable runner/receiver.

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