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Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount leaves practice with apparent knee injury

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 11: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots runs a 73 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 11: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots runs a 73 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount left the practice field on Friday after going down with an apparent right knee injury. The severity of the injury is unknown.

After the injury occurred, Blount remained down on the field for a few minutes. He was, however, able to walk off the field under his own power.

Blount is expected to be the No. 1 running back for the Patriots after playing in five games for New England in 2014. Without Stevan Ridley or Shane Vereen in New England this season, the workload is expected to fall largely on Blount's shoulders.

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(h/t CBS Boston)