New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley did not practice Friday. This is his third straight missed practice due to a knee or lower thigh injury. Both RBs Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount figure to see more playing time if Ridley is forced out of action.
Between Blount and Bolden, the Patriots really have no need to rush Ridley back onto the field. They already have a ton of injuries to contend with whether it is Rob Gronkowski , Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola and the list goes on. Ridley did run well last week, posting 53 yards on 11 carries, good for a 4.8 ypc average. If Ridley does play though, he doesn't qualify for much beyond a low-end RB2. There is too much uncertainty in this backfield and how they will divvy out carries from week-to-week.