Stevan Ridley RB NE Jul 19 '78

The Boston Globe's Greg A. Bedard doesn't expect Stevan Ridley to be benched for his recent fumbling woes.

That's exactly what happened to Ridley near the end of 2011, but Bedard believes he has "more rope now as the lead dog." Of course, Ridley's excellent play is also a major point in his favor, as he's averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 98 yards per game. Although undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden has been coming on strong the past two weeks, only Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch and Jamaal Charles have more carries than Ridley. Coach Bill Belichick shouldn't be expected to offer any meaningful insight into the situation this week, but Ridley should remain the Pats' workhorse against the Seahawks.

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