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Patriots RB Stevan Ridley Must Be 'Ready To Go' Says Bill Belichick
Now that running back Shane Vereen is on injured reserve for at least eight weeks, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick suggested starter Stevan Ridley will get another reprieve for his ball-security issues.
"I talked to Stevan," Belichick said Monday, via The Boston Globe. "Look, every player has the same responsibilities every week. Be ready to play, be ready to go. That's their job. They can't control coaches decisions. Coaches decisions are coaches decisions. They control their preparation and they control their performance when they're in the game. That's what a player's job is."
To Ridley's credit, he's accepted blame for the careless fumbles and is using the situation as a learning experience.
"I can't make excuses, two balls on the ground is unacceptable," Ridley said, via WEEI in Boston. "I'm not going to sit on the past. I have to accept where I messed up, made a mistake and grow from it."
As Tom Brady pointed out, Ridley is hardly the only Patriots player to make a mistake in the 23-21 nail-biter over the Buffalo Bills.
"I know Stevan is a very mentally tough kid," Brady said. "I love having him back there. I love giving the ball to him and watching him run."
If history is any indication, Brady will have Ridley behind him as the foundation back in Thursday's divisional tilt versus the New York Jets.
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