Patriots' Maroney misses second game in a row

Updated: October 7, 2007, 1:26 PM ET
Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots running back Laurence Maroney was inactive for the second straight game with a groin injury, leaving Sammy Morris as their primary running back against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Maroney, expected to be the primary back after Corey Dillon wasn't re-signed, rushed for 252 yards in the first three games. Last Sunday, Morris ran for 117 yards and a touchdown in a 34-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

New England center Dan Koppen was inactive for the first time this season with an ankle injury. Russ Hochstein started in his place.

For Cleveland, punter Dave Zastudil was inactive for the fourth game with a back injury. Former Patriots nose tackle Ted Washington also was inactive, although he was not on the Browns injury report. Another former New England player, linebacker Willie McGinest, was active for the second straight game after recovering from back surgery.

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