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Patriots Fear Stevan Ridley, Jerod Mayo Have ACL Injuries

Some bad news with regards to the future prospects of two of the more important Patriots.

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According to the NFL Network's Albert Breer, a former Boston sportswriter, the Patriots fear that Stevan Ridley's injury might be to his ACL. Ridley was seen wearing a knee brace after the game and walking with the use of a cane.

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo was spotted with a compression sleeve on his knee, which makes it seem less severe. However, the talk in the locker room implied that the team was expecting to move forward without Jerod Mayo. Perhaps his injury is more on the short term, but don't hold your breath.

The Patriots escaped the Buffalo Bills with a lot of injuries. Matthew Slater was hurt, Dan Connolly had a head injury, and there were bumps and bruises along the way, including a scare with Rob Gronkowski who claimed he only left the field because he had the wind knocked out of him and his arm brace had broken.

As the team plans for the Jets on Thursday with a short week, it seems as if the inactives can already be projected. Barring a roster move to Ridley and Mayo, it's likely the two and Connolly will be inactive for the game. Cameron Fleming, Nate Ebner, Dominique Easley, and Brandon Browner haven't practiced so their availability is questionable. That's a list of seven that will be penciled as OUT.

Dont'a Hightower looked close to a return, but was ultimately held out of the game. Bryan Stork missed time with a concussion and could be a game time decision, too.

There's a whopping nine players that could be asked to populate the eight inactive spots for the game. Sealver Siliga already used the Patriots Injury Reserve with Designation to Return, so someone will have to either be healed or be moved from the roster to make space.