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Joseph Addai reportedly ‘quit’ during Patriots’ conditioning test

Joseph Addai’s reputation is taking a major hit after he reportedly “quit” on a Patriots conditioning test.

The former Colts running back was signed by the Patriots to a one-year deal in May, but he was released by the team on Wednesday before the team even held its first training camp practice.

According to Mary Paoletti of CSN New England, Addai struggled during his conditioning test and simply “quit.”

We don’t know what exactly went into this conditioning test, but since these are professional football players we’re talking about, we’re guessing it involved a lot of running, sprinting, jumping, and maybe some weight lifting.

And if Albert Haynesworth managed to pass the Pats’ test — the same guy who failed the Redskins’ test twice — then the report reflects even more poorly on Addai.

The truth is Addai has become ineffective while battling injuries to only play 20 games the last two seasons. Had he not been in the Colts’ high-powered offense, he probably would not have had the limited success he had in the NFL.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Donald Brown Could Become Hot Fantasy RB Pickup with Joseph Addai Hurt

Maybe you’re like me and you’ve had Donald Brown stashed away on your fantasy bench waiting for the moment he could step in and replace Joseph Addai in the high-powered Indy offense. If you were, your hopes and patience may have finally paid off. The Colts are on a bye this week, but when they return they may get former first-round pick Donald Brown back from injury while Addai may be out.

Brown’s missed the last three games because of a hamstring injury so former Michigan product Mike Hart took on Indy’s backup running back role. The bad news for the Colts, besides Dallas Clark’s wrist problems, is that Joseph Addai’s shoulder looks like a serious issue. It’s been reported that Addai has a nerve problem in his shoulder that could keep him out several weeks. It’s a bad break for Addai who’s been running the ball better than he has since his rookie year in 2006, but he still might not miss any time.

If Addai is out, Brown should be fully recovered from his hamstring injury in time to take over the feature back role. While the Colts traditionally don’t run the ball too heavily, they elect to handoff inside the 10 quite frequently, making it a running back touchdown heaven. Plus, if Dallas Clark is lost for the year, they might run the ball more than usual (though that’s not guaranteed). I’ve been waiting for a while to see what Brown can do. Maybe in a few weeks we’ll finally find out.