Patriots RB Laurence Maroney hurt his shoulder in Week 2 last season and later was placed on injured reserve.
On Saturday, Maroney revealed to the Boston Globe the extent of his injury:
- “I had a broken bone and I was trying to play with it,” said Maroney. “It’s kind of hard to sit here and play and not tell people what is going on. Everybody is going to think one way because they don’t really know what’s going on. I dare anybody in this crowd to play football with a broken bone in your shoulder and you tell me how long you’re going to last out there.
“Doing it the second game and still trying to play, I feel like it still shows my toughness and my dedication to the team and how much I really want to contribute. The shoulder is great. Not good, great.”
Maroney believed some critics questioned his toughness last season, and he’ s eager to get back on the gridiron in 2009, he told the Globe:
- “Going back out there I know that I’m going to have a lot of critics. It’s just going out there and proving everybody wrong. I think there are a lot of people that are counting me out and doubting me, but it’s just going out there and having fun again.”