Stevan Ridley misses third straight day of practice

Reuters

We’re waiting to find out if the Patriots will have tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola on the field for Sunday’s game against the Bengals, but there’s a good chance they’ll be without a key offensive piece even if those two make it into the lineup.

NESN.com reports that running back Stevan Ridley missed practice for the third straight day on Friday because of a knee injury. He hasn’t been ruled out of anything at this point, but it’s rare for a player to miss an entire week of practice and then wind up playing on the weekend.

Brandon Bolden has also been listed on this week’s injury reports with a knee issue, although he’s been a limited participant and is therefore likelier to be in the lineup than Ridley. LeGarrette Blount will be in the lineup and figures to see a boost with the two backs ahead of him both ailing heading into the weekend.

Ridley’s picked up 174 yards and 47 carries though the first four weeks of the season.