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Stevan Ridley says he’ll be active for the Super Bowl

Patriots running backs Green-Ellis and Ridley arrive with teammates at media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis Reuters

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley played in all 16 regular-season games and was the team’s second-leading rusher, but after fumbling in the regular-season finale and again in the first playoff game, Bill Belichick benched him for the AFC Championship.

However, Ridley said today that he’ll be active and ready to contribute again on Sunday.

This game I’m gonna be dressed and out on the field,” Ridley said, via, “so hopefully I’ll get some carries.”

Ridley said Belichick didn’t talk to him about fumbling before declaring him inactive for the AFC Championship, and he didn’t have to.

“That’s just kind of how coach Bill works,” Ridley said. “He’s not really gonna explain anything. He’s just going to make his coaching moves and we just have to kind of follow suit. For us we just have to go out there and do what he tells us to do.”

Starting with holding onto the ball.

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22 Responses to “Stevan Ridley says he’ll be active for the Super Bowl”
  1. sschmiggles says: Jan 31, 2012 3:07 PM

    He won’t be active anymore.

  2. whatnojets says: Jan 31, 2012 3:08 PM

    This guy Belichick sounds like a tyrannt that runs the team the old fashioned German style! ” You do what I tell you, understand”!!

  3. whatnojets says: Jan 31, 2012 3:08 PM

    This guy Belichick sounds like a tyrannt that runs the team the old fashioned German style! ” You do what I tell you, understand”!!

  4. 8man says: Jan 31, 2012 3:10 PM

    They drafted this guy for a reason. I hope he shows up, puts up big numbers and show us why.

  5. jameswestphal says: Jan 31, 2012 3:12 PM

    I just can’t believe the Jets have a shot at winning their third Super Bowl in a row.

  6. capitalj23 says: Jan 31, 2012 3:12 PM

    And now he’ll be inactive for leaking this information about him being active.

  7. rushmatic says: Jan 31, 2012 3:13 PM

    He’ll be a great back if he can work out those rookie kinks.

    I think he and BenJarvus will do well in wearing out that Giant defense (again). We didn’t have a back like him in 2007.

  8. whereismycomment says: Jan 31, 2012 3:14 PM

    What is wrong with you kid? Now, you ruined your chances of being active.

  9. pats54 says: Jan 31, 2012 3:15 PM

    Is Woodhead going to get benched this Sunday for his fumble on the kickoff return against the Ravens? Luckily the defense held it to a field goal but it could have been a touchdown with that field position.

    Garbage time fumble < Superbowl appearance on the line.

  10. hunternuts says: Jan 31, 2012 3:19 PM

    @rushmatic, I agree, something tells me he has more of a future than Maroney (The top back in 07)

  11. patpatriot7 says: Jan 31, 2012 3:25 PM

    Yeh, Belichick is the coach and the coach runs the team. Perhaps he should adapt Rex Ryan’s style and let the players run the team. That’s worked well during the past three years!

  12. kaf39 says: Jan 31, 2012 3:26 PM

    I sure hope he will be active.

  13. purplecrowe says: Jan 31, 2012 3:27 PM

    whatnojets says:
    Jan 31, 2012 3:08 PM
    This guy Belichick sounds like a tyrannt that runs the team the old fashioned German style! ” You do what I tell you, understand”!!

    …and wins multiple titles along the way.

  14. nfl1818 says: Jan 31, 2012 3:30 PM

    w/ Vollmer and Ridley active, who sits ?

  15. tombradyallday says: Jan 31, 2012 3:47 PM

    ill take ridley and gree ellis over maroney anyy day. maroney was mr fumblitits

  16. Henry says: Jan 31, 2012 3:48 PM

    “This guy Belichick sounds like a tyrannt…”

    Yes, a tyrant that brought the Patriots to 5 Superbowls!
    That’s just fine with me!


  17. Henry says: Jan 31, 2012 3:49 PM

    “w/ Vollmer and Ridley active, who sits ?”


  18. db105 says: Jan 31, 2012 4:18 PM

    Another good way of deactivating himself.

  19. kissbillsrings says: Jan 31, 2012 4:20 PM

    Ridley is a rookie….& a slow learner obviously…he’ll now be inactive for running his mouth….maybe next time Steven, MAYBE next time….

  20. neelymessier says: Jan 31, 2012 4:27 PM

    Ridley is their best back. He hits harder at 225 lbs and he is more evasive. Of course he is a rookie. The first fumble he lost this season was against Denver in the postseason. Anyone can fumble, but a rookie in the playoffs will be benched in NE for that. And that makes him more likely to protect the ball on Sunday.

  21. ftblfan9 says: Jan 31, 2012 4:56 PM

    In the last playoff game (cold, outside elements) Belichick activated Kevin Faulk to be the up man on punt returns (e.g., stacking two return men, one short, one long).

    It’s not brain surgery, but one of those small things Belichick does exceedingly well. This worked out extremely well with Baltimore punting into the wind. Inside Lucus Oil Field, this is not necessary and Belichick activates the better runner.

    Watch for screen passes, Patriots haven’t done much with them all year, and it can be a perfect call to offset the Giants front four.

  22. nesuperfan says: Jan 31, 2012 5:41 PM

    BenJarvus Green-Ellis has still never fumbled…not in high school, not in college, not in the pros. That is just AMAZING.

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