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Bill Belichick mum on Stevan Ridley's healthy scratch

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  December 1, 2013 05:37 PM

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HOUSTON -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick did not want to talk about running back Stevan Ridley, who was inactive for the team's 34-31 win over the Houston Texans Sunday.

"Is there any reason why," Belichick said, repeating the question posed to him. "Because there was 46 other players active today."

Ridley, who has 576 rushing yards this season and seven touchdowns, was not on the team's injury report, making him effectively a healthy scratch. Last week, he coughed up his fourth fumble of the season that was returned 60 yards for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos. He hasn't played a snap since.

Belichick did give praise to the Texans (2-10), who kept it close as he expected.

"They're a good football team," he said. "I don't care what their record is. They've got good players, they're well coached, they've got a good football team. I said that all week and it's basically the same team we saw last year. They had a great record last year. They've added some guys, obviously, like (DeAndre) Hopkins and the inside linebackers and all that, but they've got a good football team and every game has been close. The last six, seven games have all come down, kind of like this one, to the end."

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