Patriots hopeful Taylor will return

Updated: October 9, 2009, 7:28 PM ET
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and running back Fred Taylor are hopeful Taylor's ankle surgery Thursday isn't season ending.

"We'll list him on the injury report weekly as we always do," Belichick said Friday when asked if Taylor will return this season. "I think obviously if he wasn't going to come back this season, then we would place him on injured reserve at some point. He's not there now, so that wouldn't be the expectation."

Taylor underwent surgery to repair ligament damage in his right ankle at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Thursday.

Taylor told the Florida Times-Union that he doesn't know when he will be able to return.

"I'll know more once I meet again with the doctor," Taylor told the paper. "I will bounce back stronger. I know it. I've prayed on it."

Taylor's surgery, which lasted two hours, was "more serious than a scope" and showed he tore "a couple of ligaments," according to the Florida Times-Union.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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