June 12, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Joseph Addai takes questions from reporters after mini camp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Former L.S.U. running back Joseph Addai released by New England Patriots


The New England Patriots have announced that they have parted ways with their offseason pickup of running back Joseph Addai.

The experiment didn’t last long for the former star L.S.U. running back Addai who had spent his entire career with the Indianapolis Colts after being drafted by them in the first round in 2006.

Addai was a major piece of the offense until he began battling injuries the last few seasons.  He was witness to one of the Colts worst seasons in memory after former quarterback Peyton Manning was out for the entire year.

The Colts decided to move on and cleaned house of some of the veterans, which Addai was part of.  It didn’t take long for him out on the market and Addai was signed by the Patriots.

Looking for a fresh start, Addai was reported to not be the same running back that he once was and was surpassed in organized team activities by the other backs on the roster.

The final nail in the coffin for Addai unfortunately was that he failed a physical for the Patriots and they decide to release him.  Even with his injury history and failed physical, Addai could find a team who is needing a running back but he won’t be the every down guy he used to be.

Tags: Indianapolis Colts Joseph Addai L.S.U. New England Patriots Peyton Manning

  • larryjames836

    A lot of these young running backs come to the NFL thinking they can do the Samething in the NFL that they did in college. NFL is not the same as college and the NFL suppose to be professional league knowing college rookies entering the NFL need to know this is not college. Players are more bigger more experience and hitting harder than college Joseph Affair now his body is beat up now he’s looking for a team. This is what I like about my Saints they cares about there players we has enough runningbacks to rotate and give each player rest time. This is why we are the elite team runningbacks take your time and take care of your body because you will be cut short of your career.

  • HarlowCampbell

    The Patriots have 2 excellent young running backs in Vereen and Ridley.. Addai was worth a look, but when he couldn’t pass the physical, they dumped him like yesterday’s trash.