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Stevan Ridley ruled out, Matthew Slater returns to practice, ‘doubtful’ for Sunday 10.04.13 at 5:31 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Stevan Ridley will miss his first game of the season Sunday in Cincinnati as the running back has been ruled out with a knee injury. Ridley missed all three practices this week. His snaps will be replaced by the combination of LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden.

Matthew Slater returned to practice Friday for the first time since breaking his left wrist in the season opener in Buffalo. He was limited and listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium.

Danny Amendola (groin), Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) and linebacker Jerod Mayo (ankle) were among 11 players limited at practice on Friday. Amendola has missed three games since injuring his groin in the season opener. He is officially questionable to return Sunday after missing the last three games. Gronkowski is likely to miss another week, postponing his return to Week 6 against the Saints at home.

Safety and special teamer Nate Ebner (ankle) was removed from the injury report and fully participated Friday.

Vontaze Burfict (neck), the Bengals’ hard-hitting inside linebacker, returned to practice on Friday and is probable to play. Leon Hall is doubtful with a hamstring while defensive end Michael Johnson (concussion) and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) are questionable.

Here is Friday’s complete report:

Did Not Practice
RB Stevan Ridley (knee) OUT

Limited Participation
ST Matthew Slater (wrist) DOUBTFUL
WR Danny Amendola (groin) QUESTIONABLE
RB Brandon Bolden (knee) QUESTIONABLE
WR Aaron Dobson (neck) QUESTIONABLE
TE Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) QUESTIONABLE
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee) QUESTIONABLE
LB Jerod Mayo (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
WR Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
OL Sebastian Vollmer (foot) QUESTIONABLE
RB Leon Washington (thigh) QUESTIONABLE
DB Tavon Wilson (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE

Full Participation
DB Kyle Arrington (groin) PROBABLE
OL Will Svitek (knee) PROBABLE

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Stevan Ridley again missing at Patriots practice 10.03.13 at 10:56 am ET
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FOXBORO — Stevan Ridley, Matthew Slater and Vince Wilfork were again the only players missing at Patriots practice Thursday morning, a session that was held in full pads on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium.

There was a new player in attendance as the team signed free agent wide receiver Austin Collie. The Patriots listed four of their six wide receivers as limited on Thursday.

The absence of Slater and Wilfork was no surprise as Wilfork underwent Achilles surgery on Tuesday and is likely lost for the season, while Slater suffered a wrist injury in the season opener in Buffalo and is expected out another week. Ridley’s knee injury is of concern as the team’s running back depth is tested.

In addition, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski were again present for the start of the workout.

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Stevan Ridley among missing at start of Wednesday practice 10.02.13 at 11:16 am ET
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FOXBORO — Stevan Ridley, Matthew Slater and Vince Wilfork were the only ones not present at the start of Patriots practice Wednesday morning, a session that was held in sweats and shells on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium.

While the absence of Slater and Wilfork was no surprise (Wilfork underwent Achilles surgery and is likely lost for the season, while Slater suffered a wrist injury and has been on the shelf for a couple of weeks), Ridley not being present is interesting. The running back didn’t appear to be suffering from any sort of injury issues in the wake of Sunday’s win over the Falcons.

In addition, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski were both present for the start of the workout.

Braxston Cave, Logan Ryan and Aaron Dobson were named the Practice Players of the Week, and were wearing black jerseys for the workout.

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Patriots practice Thursday: Matthew Slater and Sebastian Vollmer only absentees 09.26.13 at 10:53 am ET
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FOXBORO — Sebastian Vollmer and Matthew Slater were again the only players missing from Patriots practice Thursday morning on the grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.

After practicing in full pads Wednesday, the team worked out in shorts and shells on Thursday as they continue preparations for the Falcons on Sunday night at the Georgia Dome. The game with be on national TV on NBC and expert analyst Cris Collinsworth attended Thursday’s practice in Foxboro.

Slater is out 4-6 weeks after breaking his wrist in the Sept. 12 game against the Jets while Vollmer appeared to injure his foot in the first half of Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported that Vollmer sustained “only” a foot sprain and the injury is not considered serious. Still, his availability this Sunday night is in question.

Vollmer did not play in the second half and was replaced at right tackle by Marcus Cannon. Vollmer was not spotted in the locker room but was seen leaving Gillette Stadium in a walking boot, according to a report from Comcast’s Mike Giardi.

Danny Amendola (groin) and Rob Gronkowski (forearm/back) were both on the field again Thursday and both were listed as limited on the first official injury report of the week on Wednesday.

The media was only permitted access during stretching so there was no indication of how much Amendola and Gronkowski participated.

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Stevan Ridley (knee) absent while 15 limited at Patriots practice 09.25.13 at 5:59 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Danny Amendola (groin), Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) and linebacker Jerod Mayo (ankle) were among 15 players limited at practice on Wednesday while Stevan Ridley (knee), Matthew Slater (wrist) and Vince Wilfork (Achilles) were the three missing player as the Patriots returned to practice in preparation for the Bengals this Sunday in Cincinnati. Wilfork is expected to go on season-ending injured reserve shortly after his surgery on Tuesday to repair the Achilles tendon tear on Sunday night in Atlanta.

The Bengals had three key players missing from practice as defensive end Michael Johnson (concussion) and cornerbacks Leon Hall (hamstring) and Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) were all absent.

Here is Wednesday’s complete report:

Did Not Practice
RB Stevan Ridley (knee)
ST Matthew Slater (wrist)
NT Vince Wilfork (Achilles)

Limited Participation
WR Danny Amendola (groin)
DB Kyle Arrington (groin)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
CB Marquice Cole (hamsting)
WR Aaron Dobson (neck)
DB Nate Ebner (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
LB Jerod Mayo (ankle)
TE Zach Sudfeld (hamstring)
OL Will Svitek (knee)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder)
OL Sebastian Vollmer (foot)
RB Leon Washington (thigh)
DB Tavon Wilson (hamstring)

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Patriots practice Wednesday: No Sebastian Vollmer, Matthew Slater at 10:39 am ET
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FOXBORO — Sebastian Vollmer and Matthew Slater were the only players missing from Patriots practice Wednesday morning on the grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.

The team practiced in full pads as they prepare for the Falcons on Sunday night at the Georgia Dome.

Slater is out 4-6 weeks after breaking his wrist in the Sept. 12 game against the Jets while Vollmer appeared to injure his foot in the first half of Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported that Vollmer sustained “only” a foot sprain and the injury is not considered serious. Still, his availability this Sunday night is in question.

Vollmer did not play in the second half and was replaced at right tackle by Marcus Cannon. Vollmer was not spotted in the locker room but was seen leaving Gillette Stadium in a walking boot, according to a report from Comcast’s Mike Giardi.

If the Patriots lose the 6-foot-8, 320-pound right tackle, the depth impact could be felt immediately as they face road tests in Atlanta and Cincinnati in back-to-back weeks before hosting New Orleans. In his third season, Cannon did play well in the second half against Tampa Bay as the Patriots played with the lead.

Danny Amendola (groin) appeared to be moving slightly better but was still not at full speed. Amendola has missed the last two games after reinjuring his groin in Week 1 at Buffalo.

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Setting the scene: Patriots-Buccaneers from Gillette 09.22.13 at 10:22 am ET
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FOXBORO — For the second straight week, rain could play a factor in a Patriots home game at Gillette Stadium.

Partly cloudy skies with breaks of sun and temperatures in the mid-60s are expected for the 1 p.m. kickoff between the Patriots and Buccaneers as New England looks to improve to 3-0 for the fourth time in the Bill Belichick era and the first time since 2007.

But there is a 30 percent chance of showers after halftime.

Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and Leon Washington were among the seven listed as inactive for the game.

Gronkowski was listed as questionable (50-50 to play) on the team’s final official injury report on Friday.
The only player ruled out on Friday was special teams captain Matthew Slater, out 4-6 weeks with a broken wrist.

This will be the first of two straight games against the NFC South for the Patriots as they visit Atlanta for a Sunday night football encounter next week. The Patriots and Buccaneers should be very familiar with each other by now, having had three joint practices in training camp in August and having played a preseason game on Aug. 16, won by the Patriots, 25-21.

Tom Brady is 34-9 all-time against the NFC as a starter, with three of those losses coming last season as the Patriots were beaten by the Cardinals, Seahawks and 49ers. Brady will try to extend to 51 games his streak of throwing at least one touchdown pass in a game. Drew Brees has the all-time record at 54 games.

Belichick this week was asked to recall the first game of his Patriots coaching career, a 21-16 loss to Tony Dungy and the Buccaneers at old Foxboro Stadium on Sept. 3, 2000. “Yeah, it wasn’€™t a great start,” Belichick said. “We had our chances there at the end. We had some shots inside the 10-yard line, 15-yard line, whatever it was down there. We just couldn’€™t get it in. So, yeah, not a great start.”

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