Patriots Work Out More Running Backs

The New England Patriots auditioned running backs this weekend in an effort to upgrade the team's roster. Scout.com's Adam Caplan confirmed to Patriots Insider that the player the team worked out wasn't the one the team ended up signing.

The New England Patriots have concerns at running back, that's no secret. It's one reason why the team has auditioned backs like Samkon Gado and Kevin Jones recently. Only after the announcement free agent LaMont Jordan (Raiders) on Saturday, did the team's intentions become clear - to add another talented veteran to the mix in case Morris isn't quite ready. Though the team signed Jordan after his morning visit, there was another running back in town for a workout, free agent Mike Bell (Broncos).

Scout.com's Adam Caplan has confirmed that Bell worked out for the Patriots Saturday morning. The Patriots like what they saw in Bell, but for undisclosed reasons opted instead to sign Jordan.

Signed by the Denver Broncos as undrafted rookie out of the University of Arizona in 2006, Bell participated in 15 games (3 starts) rushing for 677 yards on 157 carries (4.3 avg.) with eight touchdowns. In 2007, Bell appeared in just 5 games for the Broncos spending most of the season on the inactive list. He played tailback and fullback as well as special teams.


Mike Bell #20 of the Denver Borncos carries the ball during the game with the St. Louis Rams on September 10, 2006 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis Rams won 18-10. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Injuries were a concern for Bell, who was forced to sit out two games last season with concussion concerns. Though he's healthy now, trying to find a team this close to training camp with a glut of free agents on the market is proving challenging.

"Whether it's today, tomorrow or a week from now, we feel Mike will be on a team that gives him the chance to play the position he wants to play,' Bell's agent Josh Luchs, told the Rocky Mountain News after the team released his client. "But it's a rough time now."

Bell is expected to travel to Texas to workout for the Houston Texans next week according to Caplan.


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