With Stevan Ridley benched, Patriots turn to James Develin

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HOUSTON — The Patriots made a pair of bold moves with their running backs for Sunday’s game against the Texans. They benched Stevan Ridley and made James Develin part of the offensive plan.

Ridley, the team’s leading rusher, had lost fumbles in three straight games. So he was made inactive for just the second time in his two-plus seasons with the team. The first was in the AFC Championship Game two years ago, after he lost a fumble the week before.

Ridley was not on the injury report, so as a healthy scratch, it’s fair to wonder if he didn’t play because either he was being punished for his recent fumbles or the coaching staff has lost confidence in him.

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