Patriots lose Stevan Ridley, Dan Connolly, Jerod Mayo to injuries

Mike Petraglia
October 12, 2014 - 11:57 am

[caption id="attachment_82012" align="alignright" width="400"]Stevan Ridley leaves the field Sunday after suffering a knee injury. (Mike Petraglia/ Stevan Ridley leaves the field Sunday after suffering a knee injury. (Mike Petraglia/[/caption] ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- After losing Jerod Mayo in the first half to a right knee injury, the Patriots lost a valuable skill player to another right knee injury in the second half. Stevan Ridley was tackled for a two-yard loss at the Buffalo 29 by Stephon Gilmore. Ridley landed awkwardly and appeared at first to injure his right ankle on TV replays. But after getting attention on the field for several minutes, he limped to the sideline and had his knee examined. He made it to the sidelines under his own power and tried walking on it on the sidelines. But after further evaluation, he was escorted down to the Patriots locker room and ruled out with a knee injury. Ridley's injury came one play after Rob Gronkowski landed awkwardly on pass from Tom Brady. Gronkowski had the protective sleeve on his left arm removed but re-entered the game after Ridley left the game and appeared not to be seriously injured. As Ridley's injury was awas being announced, the Patriots also confirmed that starting left guard Dan Connolly would not return after suffering a head injury in the first half.