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 CSNNE.com, “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.