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Report: Ridley Placed on PUP List
Saturday, Sept. 5
Eleven months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL, Ridley still isn't quite ready to return to game action with his new team.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the former LSU standout will begin the regular season on the physically unable to perform list, which means he will miss at least the first six games. Mehta first reported the likelihood of this decision on Sept. 1.
Gang Green will have a five-week window to make a decision on Ridley once the initial six weeks are up, but head coach Todd Bowles seemed content to take his time with the former third-round pick, per Mehta:
Ridley is entering his first season with the Jets after spending four years with the AFC East rival New England Patriots. He had an up-and-down tenure with the Pats as fumbling problems caused him to fall out of favor with head coach Bill Belichick at times, although he did rush for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012.
With Ridley still on the shelf, the door is open for some other backs on New York's roster to make an impact. All signs point toward Chris Ivory being the starter with the likes of Bilal Powell, Zac Stacy and Daryl Richardson vying for roster spots as well.
Ridley is the only one among them who has enjoyed a 1,000-yard rushing campaign at the NFL level, which means there figures to be a spot for him on the team when he does ultimately return.
Even though the Jets don't have a top-flight option at the position, they have enough depth to get by without their new acquisition until he is fully healed and ready to contribute.
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