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Patriots running backs react to Maroney trade

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  September 15, 2010 01:47 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Tucked in a corner of the Patriots locker room, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Laurence Maroney had spent the last couple of seasons as locker mates. Although they were competing for playing time, the two developed a friendship once Green-Ellis arrived in his rookie season in 2008.

News of the Maroney trade to Denver caught some of the Patriots by surprise. Green-Ellis said he did not want to speak for Maroney, but said "I wish him all the best in Denver."

Running back Kevin Faulk said he had the chance to talk to Maroney last night and that Maroney's feelings were mixed.

"Just think about it and put yourself in his shoes and you go to work and your boss tells you, you've been traded or let go, it's a little confusing, but at the same time it's life and you got to move on," Faulk said. "He was a little confused, but at the same time he knew he had a fresh start. He's going somewhere he's familiar with the offense, familiar with some of the coaches. So it's a good situation for him."

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