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|Ridley benched after another fumble -- Sun Nov 24 8:00 pm --|
Patriots RB loses a fumble in third consecutive game
|Running back Stevan Ridley lost a fumble for the third consecutive game tonight, and this one ended his shift.
Ridley, who has lost four fumbles this season, was beside himself after the game, but he made sure to also praise his teammates for overcoming the mistakes that led to a 24-0 deficit. (Boston Herald)|
FF Today's Take: After losing a fumble in the first quarter, Ridley was replaced by Brandon Bolden (13 carries, 58 yards, 1 TD). The Patriots aren't likely to declare a starting running back ahead of their Week 13 game against Houston but it's likely Ridley won't be in the mix.
| Vereen activated off short-term IR -- Mon Nov 18 5:55 pm --|
Patriots plan to ease in third-year back on MNF
|The New England Patriots activated RB Shane Vereen from short-term injured reserve prior to Monday night's game against the Carolina Panthers. The Patriots plan to ease Vereen, who has been sidelined since Week 1, back into their offensive game plan Monday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter
Vereen was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return after suffering a broken wrist in New England's season-opening victory against the Buffalo Bills. (ESPN Boston)|
FF Today's Take: The Giants also planned to "ease in" Andre Brown in Week 10 before giving him 30 carries in his season debut, so game flow will have a lot to do with how much Vereen sees the field in his return. Either way, Vereen can be a difference-maker down the stretch in fantasy - especially in PPR formats - if he can stay healthy. Brandon Bolden may split passing-down snaps with Vereen tonight, but his run at fantasy relevancy is likely over.
| Ridley misses practice Friday -- Fri Oct 4 10:45 am --|
Availability for Sunday in doubt.
|RB Stevan Ridley not spotted at practice for third straight day. Puts availability for Sunday in doubt. (Mike Reiss via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Ridley is reportedly dealing with a knee/thigh issue and has missed practice all week. If he sits, LeGarrette Blount would likely get the start with Brandon Bolden seeing action as well.
| Ridley misses practice Wednesday -- Wed Oct 2 3:00 pm --|
Knee, thigh injury not considered serious
|Running back Stevan Ridley missed Wednesday's Patriots practice with a knee injury, according to the team's injury report released this afternoon. It's the first time this season that Ridley has been on the injury report. Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) and Zach Sudfeld (hamstring), receiver Danny Amendola (groin), running backs Brandon Bolden (knee) and receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder) were all limited. (Boston Globe)|
FF Today's Take: There doesn't seem to be a lot of concern over this injury for Ridely in the Patriots community. What's more concerning to fantasy owners is Ridley's 42nd ranking among running backs through four games. He's currently sharing reps with Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount.