For all the flack that Pats Fans have given Maroney, maybe it was not deserved. Many fans including myself said that it looks like he was running scared and tentative. But he actually had a solid excuse:
"I had a broken bone and I was trying to play with it," said Maroney. "It's kind of hard to sit here and play and not tell people what is going on. Everybody is going to think one way because they don't really know what's going on. I dare anybody in this crowd to play football with a broken bone in your shoulder and you tell me how long you're going to last out there."
Hell, I do not think I could even type with a broken shoulder never mind run through 300lb lineman. I give Laurence props for trying to play through it. At the same time he has something to prove this season. This season is his last in the current contract and he needs to show that he was not a bust.
Is the shoulder still a problem?
"Doing it the second game and still trying to play, I feel like it still shows my toughness and my dedication to the team and how much I really want to contribute. The shoulder is great. Not good, great."
"I've been gone too long," he said. "The legs are feeling fresher than ever. Going back out there I know that I'm going to have a lot of critics. It's just going out there and proving everybody wrong. I think there are a lot of people that are counting me out and doubting me, but it's just going out there and having fun again."
Maroney has to play well this year to be considered not a bust and to earn money in the off season which might be uncapped. As of right now he is the starter but has plenty of compition from Taylor and Morris.
Also of note is that the NFL is looking into the Patriots if they were hiding this injury from the rest of the NFL. They could give the Pats some kind of penalty but as BB says "It is what it is"