Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) on the side line during the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

New England Patriots Stevan Ridley injured

The New England Patriots best running back, Stevan Ridley, injured his right knee in practice yesterday and it’s terrible news for everybody. He’s ran well during training camp and in the preseason game, despite some miscues recently during training camp. The injury will certainly cost him some time, but the extent of the injury is not known yet.

The good news for Ridley and the Patriots is that he was able to watch the rest of practice before walking to the locker room on his own. I’m not going to speculate on how long the injury is going to last, but I do know that it means more carries for other players in the interim; such as undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden.

I would be surprised if the Pats allow Stevan Ridley to play in Monday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, unless if the injury is a very minor one. Ridley is going to have a big role with the team this coming year, and I had him receiving 44% of the team’s carries in yesterday’s rough running back projections piece, which you can view here.

Even if Ridley plays on Monday night against the Eagles, he’s going to be limited. We already know that Ridley is the best rusher on this team, and he has made some strides recently as a pass-catcher. Bolden looks promising and has played well this offseason, but it’s always good to give a rookie some more looks in the preseason. Some are speculating that the Patriots could bring in another running back in training camp if Ridley’s injury is significant enough, so keep your eyes peeled on that.

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