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Maroney tries to hold on

Fumble near end zone clouds running back's future

Updated: December 31, 2009, 12:35 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots running back Laurence Maroney put his head down and thought he had capped off a successful scoring drive with a powerful surge early in Sunday's 35-7 win over the Jaguars. But after officials instead ruled he had lost a fumble, Maroney soon realized his day was over. He had been benched.

Now the question is what role he might play for the Patriots in the playoffs.

"I feel like this year has been such a roller coaster for me -- up and down, ...

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