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Ridley (knee) has been placed on IR by the Patriots, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.

With Ridley out for the season, the Patriots added Jonas Gray to their backfield mix in a corresponding move. In terms of the team's potential Week 7 backfield workload distribution, a committee approach (involving some combo of Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, James White and Gray) seems likely, with the Boston Herald suggesting that the team may be inclined to ride the hot hand Thursday against the Jets, if one emerges.

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An MRI revealed that Ridley suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee Sunday against the Bills, the Boston Herald reports.

Ridley is out for the season, and given that he is in the final year of his rookie contract, it's quite possible that he has played his last snap for the Patriots. In his absence, the team will turn to some combination of Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and James White, with Jonas Gray a candidate to be promoted from the Patriots' practice squad. Given that the team will likely employ a committee approach at running back starting Thursday against the Jets, neither of the team's backs are sure things this week, though Bolden and White are worthy of speculative pickups, with Vereen presumably already rostered in most cases.

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Ridley (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Jets, the Boston Herald reports.

While the Patriots await the results of Ridley's MRI, it is believed that he suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's win over the Bills. Assuming that is the case, the team is in line to roll with a combination of Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and James White on Thursday and beyond, with a committee approach out of the gate quite plausible.

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While the Patriots haven't updated Ridley's injury status yet, coach Bill Belichick acknowledged that things don't look promising on that front, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. "Unfortunately I don't think it looks too good," Belichick indicated Monday. "I don't think it's minor."

Those who has been relying on Ridley are advised to look into lining up a replacement for him, with some combination of Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and James White on hand to absorb his carries for the Patriots, and Jonas Gray a candidate to be promoted from the team's practice squad. While Bolden's size (5-11, 220) would suggest that he is most suited to do the heavy lifting in Ridley's absence, we suspect that the team could elect to employ more of a committee approach to fill the void, starting with Thursday's game against the Jets.

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There are fears that Ridley, who will have an MRI on his knee Monday, may have torn his ACL, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.

Though fellow RB Shane Vereen is unlikely to be available in most leagues, Ridley owners scrambling for a replacement may want to look into securing Brandon Bolden and/or James White.

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Ridley was sporting a brace on his knee after Sunday's win over the Bills, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

We'll await further word on Ridley's injury, but we suspect that he is in line to miss some time. If that's the case, Shane Vereen would figure to see added carries moving forward, with Brandon Bolden and and James White (who was inactive Sunday) also candidates to see more work in the New England backfield.

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Ridley (knee) will not return to Sunday's game against the Bills.

Prior to sustaining his injury, Ridley had 10 carries for 23 yards, and with the Patriots playing again on Thursday against the Jets, he looks pretty iffy for Week 7. If Ridley is forced to miss time, Shane Vereen would figure to see a boost in carries, with James White (who was inactive Sunday) and Brandon Bolden also candidates to see added touches.

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Ridley left Sunday's game against Buffalo in the third quarter with an apparent right leg injury, the Boston Globe's Ben Volin reports.

Ridley was in significant pain before eventually being helped off by two trainers. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but if Ridley is done for the day, he finishes with just 29 total yards on 11 touches (10 carries, one catch).

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Ridley carried 27 times for 113 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 43-17 win over the Bengals.

Ridley dominated the first quarter, but Shane Vereen was worked in throughout the game, ultimately finishing with 90 yards on nine carries and 18 yards on three receptions. James Develin and Brandon Bolden also combined for three carries, with only one of those coming in the fourth quarter. Following Ridley's disappearance from the offense in last week's blowout loss, we saw the other side of the coin Sunday night, as he's a good bet to reach 20 carries whenever the Patriots win big. Next week, Ridley draws a road matchup against the tough Buffalo defense.

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Ridley had five carries for 28 yards in Monday's 41-14 loss to the Chiefs.

As can be expected whenever the Patriots are forced to play from behind, Ridley was essentially a non-factor in the offense, while Shane Vereeen had eight carries and five receptions. Next week's matchup with the Bengals isn't particularly attractive for either player, as the struggling New England offense will face a Cincinnati defense that was dominant in its last two games.