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FOXBOROUGH — It didn’t take long for the same problem to resurface, which put Stevan Ridley in the same spot: in the doghouse, and on the bench.
Ridley, who came into Sunday night’s game against the Broncos having lost three fumbles, lost another on the Patriots’ first series. On second and 3 from the Broncos’ 40, Ridley was hit by linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who knocked the ball loose. Von Miller scooped it up and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown.
As Miller was racing toward the end zone, Ridley could be seen on the ground, pounding the turf. For the Patriots, it’s been a too-familiar play and reaction.