Daryl Richardson.

Patriots invited four-year veteran RB for workout after Dion Lewis injury

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The New England Patriots were dealt a blow this week with the news that breakout running back Dion Lewis would miss the remainder of the 2015 NFL season with a torn ACL.

Considering Lewis' impact on offense so far this year - 622 totals yards and four touchdowns - there are many people expecting the reigning Super Bowl champions to add a player this week who can compliment the between the tackles running of LeGarrette Blount.

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And it looks like the Patriots could well be planning such a move, with reports revealing they brought in a four-year veteran for a workout yesterday.


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As reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN, former St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson was in Foxboro for a tryout on Tuesday.

It is unclear at this stage whether the franchise will take things further with the 2012 seventh-round pick, but it does show they are on the lookout for options following Lewis' injury.

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Richardson certainly fits the bill as a pass-catching RB having proven in his two seasons with the Rams to be a viable third-down back.

In 24 games for the franchise, he amassed 690 rushing yards on 167 carries and 284 yards on 38 total receptions.

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The 25-year-old hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since the 2013 campaign, however, having spent time on the New York Jets and Houston Texans practice squad since being cut by St. Louis.


Richardson may have been first to get a chance to impress Bill Belichick and co. but there will likely be others to follow.

With the Patriots having a free spot on their 53-man roster, former RB Jonas Gray, recently released by the Miami Dolphins, has also been mentioned as a possible replacement for Lewis.

Patriots fans: Who should replace Lewis? And how much does his injury affect your chances of 2015 success? Have your say in the comments below...

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