Coach Bill Belichick says Sunday's benching of Stevan Ridley wasn't about sending a message, but putting the Patriots in the best position to win.
Stevan Ridley is inactive for Week 13 against the Texans.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Stevan Ridley is not expected to play much on Sunday against the Texans if he's even active.
Patriots OC Josh McDaniels spoke about Stevan Ridley's fumbling issues on Tuesday, but shed little light on his Week 13 status.
ESPN Boston expects a rotation at the Patriots' "big back" position for the short-term future.
Stevan Ridley did not play a single snap after his first quarter fumble in Sunday night's overtime win against the Broncos.
Stevan Ridley had just four carries for 14 yards in Sunday night's Week 12 win over the Broncos.
Stevan Ridley played six snaps after his second quarter fumble in Monday night's loss at Charlotte.
Stevan Ridley rushed for 48 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries against the Panthers in Week 11.
Following Sunday's win over the Steelers, coach Bill Belichick absolved Stevan Ridley of blame for his second-half fumble.
Stevan Ridley rushed 26 times for 115 yards with two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 9 win over the Steelers.
Stevan Ridley rushed 14 times for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 8 win over the Dolphins.
Stevan Ridley rushed 11 times for 50 yards and a touchdown in New England's Week 7 loss to the Jets.
Returning to the lineup after a one-week thigh/knee injury, Stevan Ridley led the Patriots backfield in Week 6 snaps played (38).