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Stevan Ridley | RB | New England Patriots
Posted: 10/13/2014 8:45pm et
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn medial collateral ligament, according to a source. Ridley will miss the remainder of the season.
Huddle Up: As feared, the news was bad for the Pats, who will be without their leading rusher. Shane Vereen should see more work, but look for Brandon Bolden, a larger, inslde runner to see his workload increase the most.

Posted: 10/13/2014 10:35am et
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) will have an MRI Monday, Oct. 13, for the knee injury he suffered in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills. The fear is that he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: Early whispers indicate that the team expects bad news with regards to Ridley. Shane Vereen would see an uptick in touches, with Brandon Bolden and potentially James White getting involved in New England's backfield mix as well.

Posted: 10/10/2014 10:52am et
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was praised by head coach Bill Belichick for his growth this season. Belichick also credited Ridley's ball security, vision and confidence.
Huddle Up: Ridley has emerged as the workhorse back in New England, though that lasts only until the next fumble. And there's still the thorny issue of a contract for both Ridley and Shane Vereen following the season. But for right now, at least... Ridley's the man.

Posted: 8/25/2014 10:34am et
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley may not make the team out of the preseason.
Huddle Up: Between the fumbling and the fact that Ridley is in the final year of his contract and the presence of James White, this is hardly surprising news. Still, with Ridley going off of most fantasy draft boards as a key member of the New England backfield committee it's a situation worth monitoring.

Posted: 8/16/2014 1:34pm et
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley lost a fumble during the second preseason game and did not return to the game. It is not known if the benching was due to the fumble.
Huddle Up: Ridley has to be about done in New England. He simply can't hang onto the football, despite getting many chances to redeem himself. James White has received plenty of camp buzz but has looked pedestrian in two preseason games. Shane Vereen will lead the New England backfield in touches this season if he can stay healthy.

Posted: 6/11/2014 11:51pm et
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley appears to be lighter and faster this offseason as he enters the final year of his rookie deal, according to NFL.com's Albert Breer. Ridley is expected to be the lead back in the team's backfield with RB LeGarrette Blount now with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots haven't approached Ridley about a long-term contract extension, according Breer.
Huddle Up: Ridley needs to hold on to the football to hold on to the lead role in New England's backfield, and Shane Vereen will most certainly take a chunk of the touches as the team's pass-catching back. That said, the Patriots' backfield traditionally produces enough fantasy points to feed multiple backs so a fumble-free Ridley could be a fantasy factor.

Posted: 6/6/2014 12:07am et
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is focused on playing mistake-free football and not his contract situation. Ridley is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Huddle Up: It's not just that Ridley has fumbled 9 times in his 3 NFL seasons; it's which coach he's playing for while fumbling 9 times. With LeGarrette Blount no longer in the mix, Ridley does have the chance to be the lead dog in N.E. -- provided, of course, he can get a grip on things.

Posted: 12/2/2013 10:40am et
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was a healthy scratch for the Week 13 game against the Houston Texans, and he is at a crossroads with the team. Beat writer Mike Reiss says if Ridley isn't active against a two-win Houston team, there is little reason to believe, outside of an injury to another player, that Ridley will be a major factor down the stretch and into the playoffs.
Huddle Up: This is brutal timing for owners who have ridden Ridley to a playoff berth. The Patriots backfield is not trustworthy outside Shane vereen.

Posted: 11/26/2013 8:25pm et
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels still has confidence in RB Stevan Ridley. 'I have great confidence in Stevan [Ridley] as a runner ... at the same time, ball security is the most important factor,' McDaniels said.
Huddle Up: Ridley has lost 4 fumbles this season -- 1 in each of the last 2 games. The latest one, a first-quarter turnover in Week 12, was returned for a TD by the Broncos and resulted in the RB's benching for the rest of the night. He remains New England's top back from a pure pure running standpoint, but opponents are going to test his ball security whenever they get the chance. Bottom line: Ridley is going to be awfully hard to trust as a fantasy starter as he's always a bobble away from heading to the bench.

Posted: 11/19/2013 12:30am et
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley fumbled on the team's second drive in the Week 11 game against the Carolina Panthers Monday, Nov. 18. He was kept on the sideline for 18 snaps before he was finally sent back into the game and wound up scoring on a 1-yard fourth-quarter run. He finished with 13 carries for 48 yards.
Huddle Up: After losing his NFL-leading third fumble, the rest of Ridley's night seemed to be in doubt, but much to the relief of his fantasy owners, he was allowed back out of the doghouse and delivered a TD -- scoring for the fifth straight game. Ridley's fantasy value has dipped with Shane Vereen's return and LeGarrette Blount's continued presence, but he still appears to be the Pats' preferred starting and goal-line back.

Posted: 11/5/2013 8:30pm et
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick did not bench RB Stevan Ridley after his fumble to open the second half in the team's Week 9 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers like he had earlier in the year. 'I thought Stevan did a good job,' Belichick said. 'It was really a tremendous play by (Troy) Polamalu. He did a great job. Stevan caught the ball with his back to the defender. As he turned, Troy came in there and instead of making a tackle he was able to dislodge the ball. He anticipated Ridley turning up and Troy made a good play on it. I don't think Stevan really had much of a chance to do anything but turn. Sometimes turnovers are a result of real good defensive plays.' Ridley ran for 60 more yards in the half and went over 100 yards rushing for the first time this year.
Huddle Up: Good news for Ridley owners as many were certain the fumble would curtail his touches and spoil his recent run of success which includes 340 rushing yards and 6 TDs over the past 4 games.