Taylor optimistic he'll bounce back

October 09, 2009 - 8:08 am

In the wake of surgery on his right ankle, Patriots running back Fred Taylor spoke with the Florida Times-Union and sounded optimistic the injury will not sideline him for the rest of the season. '€œI'€™ll know more once I meet again with the doctor,'€ Taylor told the Times-Union. '€œI will bounce back stronger. I know it. I'€™ve prayed on it.'€ Taylor, who rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns in his first four games with the Patriots, suffered the ankle injury on his final carry Sunday in New England's 27-21 victory over Baltimore. He reportedly suffered torn ligaments in the ankle, which necessitated surgery, '€œI'€™m blessed, man,'€ said Taylor, who had rushed for 105 yards on 21 attempts the previous week against Atlanta. '€œI'€™ve already been through so much that this is just a minimal setback. ... I had just gotten to where I felt they trusted me. I needed to have that 100-yard game (in September) to prove they could trust me. That'€™s the part that hurts most about the whole situation.'€