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Stevan Ridley looking forward to facing Patriots this week after team 'trashed' him following injury

Ryan Hannable
December 13, 2018 - 8:15 am

To say former Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is looking forward to facing his former team in the Patriots this week would be an understatement.

He's really, really looking forward to it.

“I’m very open and I have to be real: I want this game more than any other game, man,” Ridley told Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald. “That’s just the bottom line to it. And it’ll be that way from this year until I go in the grave. I’m just that kind of person.”

Added Ridley: “I was trashed after an injury. I’m just going to put it that way. I’m not going to say specifically, but to be a starter for [the Patriots] for four years, to tear my ACL and never get a call back, that’s a tough pill to swallow.”

Ridley tore his ACL in 2014 and after having a 1,200-yard season in 2012, the Patriots did not offer him a new contract when he was a free agent following the season. 

That has stuck with him.

“And now they’re still looking for a running back to try to come in and play — how many running backs have been through there to try to give them some consistency as a quote-unquote first or second down back?” Ridley said. “They’re still looking for it right now. Yeah, it’s very personal. It is.”

The running back has bounced around the league following the Patriots, including playing the Jets in that 2015 season. After the Jets he went to Atlanta and now he's in Pittsburgh.

“I had circled the game when I was with the Jets — I think it was Week 7 or 8 and man, I’ve had that game circled on my schedule every year since I left there to try to get a shot at these guys and get some kind of redemption," he said.

With James Conner's injury situation, there is a chance Ridley gets some playing time behind Jaylen Samuels.

“It’s more than exciting, it means more than I can explain to you,” Ridley said. “I’m just fired up that I get another Sunday on the field, but against a team that turned their back on me at the end of the day. I’m going to go out there and give it my all.”

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