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RB Stevan Ridley - New England Patriots

5-10, 225Born: 1-27-1989College: LSUDrafted: Round 3

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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.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Ridley is out for the season due to his torn ACL and MCL ligaments.

Week 8: vs Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Shane Vereen led the team in rushing (11/49/0 rushing) and receiving (eight targets for 5/71/2) last week during the narrow victory 27-25 over the Jets. Jonas Gray (3/12/0 rushing) is competing with Branden Bolden for touches in relief of Stevan Ridley (out for the season due to ACL/MCL torn ligaments). It appeared like Vereen will be the leader of this committee of backs going forwards - however, the Patriots are notorious for turning the 'hot hand' into their featured running back on any given Sunday. We'll see if Vereen remains the lead back during Week 8. The Bears' rush D ranks 14th in the NFL averaging 108.4 yards rushing allowed per game, with five rushing scores handed out so far. Miami had 33/137/1 rushing at Chicago last week - Atlanta managed just 13/42/0 rushing vs. the Bears two weeks ago. This unit has swung wildly from outstanding to sub-par over the last two weeks. Vereen and company may have found a new rhythm with Ridley out for the year - we'll see how they approach the mix at running back this weekend as they work through a neutral matchup against Chicago.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 at KC 5 28 0 1 0 0 0 0
5 vs CIN 27 113 1 0 0 0 0 0
6 at BUF 10 23 0 1 1 6 0 0
8 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CIN (27 / 113 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

When Stevan Ridley gets 27 carries, it's probably a good day for the Patriots. Behind an angry and mauling offensive line, Ridley had a career day, including a career long run of 43 yards. Right out of the gate, he ran hard, displayed good vision, and almost all of his runs he bounced outside ended up being the right decision. The 43 yard run came at the right moment as well. Ridley took a run to the outside, juked a defender, and ran down the sideline for the strong gainer. Ridley had a good first half, but as the second half opened, he found very little room as the Bengals defense started keying on him. Then, a huge run, and the floodgates opened. Ridley was given multiple goal line carries, including a befuddling 3rd and goal from the 3 or 4. However, he cashed in a one yard run on the opening drive of the game to set the tone for the rest of the night. This was easily the best Ridley has looked this season, along with the rest of the Patriots offense.

2014 Week 6 vs BUF (10 / 23 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Stevan Ridley had nearly no room to operate on his 10 carries, with the Bills run defense handily beating the Patriots run blocking at the point of attack. The bigger news, though, was when Ridley was tackled awkwardly and immediately grabbed his leg in pain. There seem to be indications it might be a serious injury, and one can only hope it's not at this point.

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Latest News

Patriots | Make three roster moves (Thu Oct 16, 05:06 PM) - The New England Patriots placed RB Stevan Ridley (knee) and LB Jerod Mayo (knee) on Reserve/Injured and promoted OG Chris Barker to the active roster Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: This makes Shane Vereen more attractive Thursday and he should be a decent RB2, with a little upside in PPR leagues. The Jets always play the Pats tough, so there is also an element of risk, but as bad as New York has looked, Vereen should be in for a great night.
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Patriots | Stevan Ridley has torn ACL, MCL (Mon Oct 13, 05:33 PM) - 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.

Our View: Bad times for Ridley here. Without the big back in the lineup, we could see the Patriots just turn to Tom Brady for more production like they did in Week 6. We could also see an increased role for Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden or rookie James White.
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Patriots | Stevan Ridley out Monday (Mon Oct 13, 04:53 PM) - New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) did not practice Monday, Oct. 13. The team did not practice Monday, but was required to provide the status of injured players if they had practiced.

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Patriots | Stevan Ridley might have torn ACL (Sun Oct 12, 05:34 PM) - 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.

Our View: If he is healthy enough, the Patriots could call Benjarvus Green-Ellis. Shane Vereen could be a beneficiary of a long Ridley absence, but the team did not use him more after Ridley left the game. With a short week to prepare for the Jets on Thursday, they may not have time to drastically alter the gameplan. Right now the Patriots backfield doesn't look too promising for fantasy.
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Patriots | Stevan Ridley injured (Sun Oct 12, 03:41 PM) - New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) suffered a knee injury in the team's Week 6 game and will not return.

Our View: Ridley came down while planting his foot awkwardly after going airborne. Brandon Bolden has replaced him in the game and could have some desperation play value next week against the Jets with the Patriots playing on Thursday night.
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Schedule

8vs Chicago Bears
9vs Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Indianapolis Colts
12vs Detroit Lions
13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ San Diego Chargers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills