Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The running back carosel is back for the New England Patriots.'
Stevan Ridley, who sat out last weeks' win in Houston after fumbling in three consecutive games, is active for today's game with the Cleveland Browns. And Brandon Bolden is out.
Bolden's inactive status is not injury-related. He was listed as having missed Friday's practice with something that was "not injury related.'' He had practiced all week previously.
Ridley, meanwhile, was on the sidelines last week, holding a football in his right hand. He remains the team's leading rusher with 576 yards, but has lost four fumbles on the season, two being returned for touchdowns.
It's a good bet, with Bolden being out, that we might see a big dose of Ridley again today - if he holds onto the ball. Ridley declined to speak to the media this week in the days leading up to today's game.
The Patriots also listed two of their rookie receivers, Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, on the inactive list. That explains the re-signing of veteran Austin Collie the other day.
Dobson (foot) and Thompkins (hip) are both out with injuries. Collie played four games earlier this year with New England but was released one day after suffering a knee injury against Pittsburgh on Nov. 3.
Other inactive players for New England include tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), offensive right tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle), linebacker Steve Beauharnais and defensive end Jake Bequette.
Hooman's absence means more playing time for Maine's own Matthew Mulligan. Cannon will be replaced by Will Svitek, who played in his spot last week.
Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is active for the game, despite missing two days of practice while making a court appearance in Nebraska. Dennard was sentenced to two years probation and 30 days in jail last April for assaulting a police officer outside a Nebraska bar.
He had another year of probation and 30 more days in jail added to the sentence last week. He had been arrested for suspected drinking and driving. Dennard admitted he violated his parole by drinking alcohol and driving.
Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.
He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.
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