Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was on the receiving end of what may have been the most brutal hit of the NFL season when Baltimore’s Bernard Pollard knocked him unconscious in the AFC Championship Game. But Ridley says he feels fine now, three months after suffering a serious concussion.
Ridley told the Boston Herald he’s good to go in the Patriots’ offseason program and that he’s not worrying about it.
“All I can do now is move forward from that, but it was a nice hit that I took. Just got to shake it off. Comes with the game,” Ridley said.
When Pollard delivered that vicious (but legal) hit on Ridley, it knocked Ridley out and caused him to fall awkwardly to the ground. It was a scary moment for Ridley and for the NFL.
“It wasn’t pretty at all,” Ridley said. “It was one of the worst ones that I took in my life. Besides that, it comes with the game. Sometimes it’s others, and sometimes it’s ourselves. But either way, I love the game, and I love football. I mean, it’s going to happen sometimes, but you’ve got to roll with it, adjust it. Make sure you’re squared away with your doctor, squared away with your team. I’ll be out here this year ready to go.”
That’s good news after an ugly injury.