The Patriots improved to 4-2 with a 37-22 win over the Bills on Sunday, but the victory came with a cost.
New England saw linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley depart with knee injuries during the game and initial reports are that both men have suffered serious injuries.
Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that Ridley will have an MRI on Monday and that the fear is that he tore his ACL when he hurt his knee during a third quarter run. Ridley had shaken off fumbling woes to take over the top spot in the team’s running back rotation, but if those fears are realized it will be up to Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and rookie James White in the backfield the rest of the way.
Mayo will also be headed for more tests and cornerback Darrelle Revis talked about what his absence will mean for the team’s defense moving forward.
“It’s tragic what happened. We got a lot of respect for Jerod, and what he has done for this organization,” Revis said, via NESN.com “We just hope for a fast recovery and hope he can get back as fast as he can. The big word that sticks out is his leadership he has on the defense. He affects all of us.”
The Patriots host the Jets on Thursday night and it looks like they’ll have to work quickly to patch some holes before that game gets underway.