FOXBOROUGH – After Stevan Ridley’s costly fumble against the Buffalo Bills that saw him get benched for the second half of Sunday’s game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the fourth-year running back needs to be ready for Thursday’s game against the New York Jets.
“I talked to Stevan,” Belichick said. “Look, every player has the same responsibilities every week. Be ready to play, be ready to go. That’s their job.
“They can’t control coaches’ decisions. Coaches’ decisions are coaches’ decisions. They control their preparation and they control their performance when they’re in the game. That’s what a player’s job is. That’s always what it has been for everybody.”
The decision on Ridley’s use will likely come easier for the Patriots after teammate Shane Vereen reportedly broke a bone in his left wrist, sidelining him for the time being.
Running back is one of the Patriots’ deepest positions, with Ridley, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden (knee injury), and Leon Washington (thigh injury) on the roster.
But Belichick wouldn’t offer details on how he expects Vereen’s injury to affect the Patriots’ lineup.
“We’ll see how it all turns out,” he said.