Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans Inactives: Ridley, Dennard Out

Oct 27, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) looks on during the fourth quarter of their 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

We are drawing near to kickoff in Houston, where the 8-3 New England Patriots are set to square off with the 2-9 Houston Texans. The inactive lists for each team have been released, and while most of it is what we were expecting, there is one huge surprise on the Patriots side.

Stevan Ridley, the talented young running back, has been declared inactive by the team. Ridley has been dealing with some fumbling problems, by fumbling in three straight games. He is a talented back, but evidently the Patriots feel that he isn’t quite ready to be thrust into game action. I personally feel that New England needs Ridley in there to perform to the top of their abilities, but obviously they can’t give him a lot of carries, if he keeps giving the football away.

Other inactives include cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, wide receiver Aaron Dobson, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon. All of these guys are important to the Patriots formula to success, but getting them healthy for the playoffs is more important.

Steve Gregory has missed the last few weeks with a thumb injury, but he is active today, giving a beat up New England secondary some needed reinforcements.

New England Patriots Inactives

Alfonzo Dennard

Stevan Ridley

Michael Hoomanawanui

Aaron Dobson

Marcus Cannon

Jake Bequette

Steve Beaharnais

Houston Texans

Alex Kupper

Ricky Sapp

T.J. Yates

Cody White

Andrew Gardner

Tim Jamison

Jawanza

Starling

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