FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that RB Kevin Faulkhas been placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Faulk has filled various roles since joining the team in 1999 as a second-round pick (46th overall) out of LSU. He is the Patriots' all-time leader in all-purpose yards (12,247) and kickoff return yards (4,098) as well as the franchise's all-time leading return specialist, totaling 5,030 combined return yards (4,098 kick return yards and 932 punt return yards).
He ranks fifth in Patriots history in rushing yards (3,550), fourth in receptions (424), tenth in pass receiving yards (3,667) and sixth in total punt return yards (932). Faulk recorded the longest non-touchdown kickoff return in team history when he covered 95 yards on a return against the New York Jets (11/15/99).
For his career, he has played in 154 games and has accumulated 3,550 yards rushing on 847 attempts for a 4.2-yard average with 16 touchdowns, caught 424 passes for 3,667 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, returned 181 kicks for 4,098 yards and two touchdowns and returned 99 punts for 932 yards. He is one of just six NFL players this decade to total 3,000 rushing yards and 3,000 receiving yards (Tiki Barber, Brian Westbrook, Marshall Faulk, Michael Pittman and LaDanian Tomlinson).
Faulk is the Patriots' all-time leader in receptions by a running back, totaling 424 career receptions. He is the 26th running back in NFL history to reach 400 receptions and his 3,667 receiving yards are third among active NFL running backs.