It looks like the Patriots will be leaning upon LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden in the running game on Sunday.
The Patriots have ruled out tailback Stevan Ridley for their Week Five game at Cincinnati, the club disclosed on its updated Friday injury report. Ridley hasn’t practiced all week because of a knee injury.
Blount’s role has increased in recent weeks, and he has led the Patriots in rushing yards in each of the last two games. The former Titans and Buccaneers back has gained 155 yards on 34 carries this season, and his 47-yard touchdown run Sunday at Atlanta was a key play in the Patriots’ 30-23 victory against the Falcons.
Bolden, a second-year pro from Mississippi, has rushed for 68 yards on nine carries in 2013.