Patriots work through running back shortage

Tom Brady might be the Patriots most disconcerting long-range issue. But their most pressing short-term one for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams is who plays running back.

New England running back LaMont Jordan aggravated his calf injury Wednesday and is unlikely to play Sunday for the third straight week, a league source said.

Also, running back Sammy Morris, who suffered a knee injury Monday night against the Denver Broncos, is expected to be sidelined two to three weeks, said another league source.

Without Jordan, without Morris, and without Laurence Maroney — who was placed on the season-ending injured-reserve list Monday — the Patriots will be forced to rely on running back Kevin Faulk and rookie free agent BenJarvus Green-Ellis. And they already were having to win without Brady.

Yet New England never makes excuses and continues to go out and play playoff-caliber football. Tough team, those Patriots, a tough out.

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