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(Injury report) What's next for the Pats?

Sunday was a big game for the Patriots, they improved to 4-2 after getting a fairly convincing win over arguably their biggest threat in the division the Buffalo Bills. The real story coming out of the 37-22 victory however wasn't about the big win.

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Sunday was a big game for the Patriots, they improved to 4-2 after getting a fairly convincing win over arguably their biggest threat in the division the Buffalo Bills. The real story coming out of the 37-22 victory however wasn't about the big win. The Patriots were decimated by injury during Sunday's game losing both Stevan Ridley and Jerod Mayo for the rest of the season. Mayo went down first, when attempting to tackle the Bills' Boobie Dixon his right knee buckled under him initial reports have Mayo out for the season but no details on the specifics of the injury are available at this time. Stevan Ridley suffered a torn MCL and ACL when he was hit by Bills corner Stephon Gillmore, an MRI confirmed that Ridley will not be returning in what is the last season of his current deal with the Patriots. The question for Pats fans today is what is the next step for the Pats? Ridley will not be easily replaced as the Patriots do not have an every down back in their system that can step in for Ridley. Most people expect Shane Vereen to get the bulk of his carries but with Vereen's value in the passing game I don't see the Pats risking making him an every down running back. There is always the option of running back by committee, a committee that would include Vereen, Brandon Bolden and James White. Another option for the Patriots is to bring back the law firm, BenJarvus Green-Ellis but no one is falling over themselves to get Green-Ellis on their squad so he might not be a great option. What would do to replace Ridley? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.  

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