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LeGarrette Blount on Stevan Ridley: ‘He’s our starting guy’

09.09.13 at 5:55 pm ET
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FOXBORO — There’s no doubt as to where LeGarrette Blount stands on teammate Stevan Ridley.

Despite the fact that Ridley had ball security issues in Sunday’s win over the Bills, Blount stands with his teammate, calling him “our starting guy” and saying that no one is turning their back on Ridley.

“He’s our starting guy,” Blount said of Ridley, who saw one of his fumbles overturned on review but had another taken all the way back for a touchdown by Buffalo. “You’re gong to have bad games. You’re going to have costly mistakes. That goes for him and anybody else on that squad.

“It doesn’t mean he’s going to go out and fumble in every game two times. It’s just really discouraging to go out there and feel like they turned their back on you — I feel like nobody does that. We’re going to go right back to him this week.”

In addition, despite the fact that the Patriots beat the Bills 23-21, fellow back Shane Vereen suffered a wrist injury that is expected to sideline him for the next few weeks. Vereen had 159 yards from scrimmage against Buffalo, including several key plays in the fourth quarter where he helped New England maneuver into position for what would be a 35-yard game-winning field goal with five seconds left.

“He’s one of the best players we had [Sunday],” Blount said of Vereen. “And he’s one of the best players on this team, and he showed it [against the Bills]. Losing him is going to hurt a lot. But we’re going to have to have some guys step up and try and fill his role.

“We’re going to have to rally around each other and encourage each other that we’re going to have to pick it up. We lost Shane, and we’re going to have to take an even bigger piece of what’s going on, in terms of the passing game, in terms of the running game, as far as any of it. We’ll have to take a  lot more responsibility.”

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