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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Patriots Injury Update: Stevan Ridley, Jarod Mayo out for the season


By on 10/14/2014 12:58:00 PM

The New England Patriots have ruled out running back Stevan Ridley and linebacker Jerod Mayo for Thursday night's game against the New York Jets. Both players suffered knee injuries on Sunday, and both are lost for the rest of the season, as reported by Lee Schechter of ESPNBoston.com.



There have been multiple reports from NFL insiders on both players' injuries and none of the reports have been good.

Sources have told ESPN insider, Adam Schefter, that the injury to Mayo's right knee "is bad." In addition, another source told ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss that Ridley had tore his ACL and MCL. Both players had MRI's on Monday.

"Unfortunately, I don't think it looks too good, but we'll see what we get back [from tests]," coach Bill Belichick said Monday afternoon in his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI.
"We'll wait until we get more specific information, but I don't think it's minor, let's put it that way."

The fact that Bill Belichick is sounding very down about the injuries only shows that both players' injuries are pretty serious. The Patriots have a short work week to get ready for the Jets Thursday night. They will need to find replacements for Mayo and Ridley for the rest of the season.

Mayo has been injured before and when he is out of the lineup, there is a big hole at his linebacker position. The Patriots linebacker has established himself as one of the top linebackers in the NFL. His presence will be missed.

Ridley also has had his moments as a productive running back for the Patriots over the years, even though he has found himself in Belichick's doghouse because of fumbling from time to time.
The Patriots will look to Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden to carry the load at running back the rest of the season.



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