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RB Stevan Ridley Signs with Jets

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running back Stevan Ridley has left the New England Patriots and signed with their rival, the New York Jets.

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, it's a one-year deal.

The 26-year-old Ridley ran for 340 yards in six games for the Patriots last year before tearing his ACL and MCL, officially ending his season.

Since being drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Patriots, Ridley has rushed for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns. His best season was in 2012, when he ran for 1,263 yards and 12 scores.

While in New England, Ridley was known as a between-the-tackles runner who often had trouble holding onto the ball.

Ridley also met with the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Ridley joins a Jets backfield that includes Bilal Powell and bruiser Chris Ivory.

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Patriots Lose Jerod Mayo and Stevan Ridley for the Season

Comstock/Thinkstock(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The injuries keep coming for the New England Patriots as ESPN reports New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley and linebacker Jerod Mayo will miss the rest of the season because of knee injuries.

Ridley was a reliable part of the Patriots' running back rotation along with Shane Vereen. The 25-year-old Ridley has 340 rushing yards and two touchdowns this season and was seen as the more durable running back.

Vereen is more of a pass-catching running back. This season, Vereen has 216 rushing yards and touchdown but has also caught 18 passes for 114 yards.

The Patriots rank 12th in the NFL in total offense.

On defense, Mayo was a key member of the linebacker corps and a leader on defense. In his seventh season in the NFL, all with the Patriots, Mayo has 53 total tackles and 1.0 sacks.

Mayo also played in just six games last season.

New England has the 11th ranked defense in the NFL this season.

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NFL Teams Suffer Big Injuries in Week 6

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL teams suffered several notable injuries in Week Six to key members of their team that will likely affect their seasons going forward.

The New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-22 but the victory came at a price.  After the game it was believed that running back Stevan Ridley suffered a torn ACL. In addition NFL Insider Ian Rappaport reports that linebacker Jerod Mayo has a "significant" knee injury. Furthermore, CSN New England's Tom Curran reports that quarterback Tom Brady suffered a "significant" ankle injury before the game against the Bills, but played through it.

The New York Jets lost to the Broncos but also lost starting cornerback Dee Milliner in what initial reports are claiming is a torn Achilles. Additionally, it is believed that starting guard Brian Winters tore an ACL. In the same game, Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan was helped off the field after suffering a knee injury. 

The Cleveland Browns have lost starting center Alex Mack to a broken leg. 

The New York Giants star wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee. 

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Blount Carries New England Past Colts

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBORO) -- Legarrette Blount rushed for four touchdowns and a franchise playoff record 166 yards, leading the way for New England as the Patriots defeated Indianapolis 43-22 in the AFC Divisional round on Sunday. All six of New England's scores came on the ground as Stevan Ridley ran for two more in the win.

Blount opened the scoring with a 2-yard run early in the first quarter before duplicating the feat six minutes later to give the Patriots a 14-0 lead. While the Colts battled throughout, New England kept their opponent at arms length for the entirety of the game. Indianapolis finally got on the board when Andrew Luck and Lavon Brazill connected for a 38-yard strike before heading into halftime trailing 21-12.

Adam Vinatieri got the Colts within a touchdown, converting his second field goal of the game, cutting the deficit to 21-15. But once again, the Patriots running attack proved too much to handle as Ridley bounded into the endzone with 6:23 remaining in the third and converted on a two-point conversion to make it a 29-15 lead.

After Brazill grabbed his second touchdown pass of the night, the Patriots pulled away in the fourth. Blount's fourth rushing score came on a 73-yard dash following a punt before the defense picked off Luck on the ensuing drive. Ridley would eventually take it in for another score, and a 43-22 advantage.

Luck ended the game with two touchdown passes but also threw four interceptions in the loss. Tom Brady threw for just 185 yards and no scores as the Patriots rushed for 235 total yards. New England will face the winner of Sunday's matchup between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. If the Chargers win, New England will host the AFC Championship game. Should the Broncos win, the Patriot will travel to Denver.

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Report: Patriots Running Back Shane Vereen Needs Wrist Surgery

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen needs surgery to repair a broken bone in his wrist and is expected to miss a few weeks, according to reports.

Vereen suffered the injury in Sunday's season-opening win over the Buffalo Bills.  He rushed for a career-high 101 yards and had seven receptions for 58 yards in the 23-21 victory.

He was able to play the entire game, but experienced numbness after the game because the bone sits on a nerve, according to the report.

Stevan Ridley will get the bulk of the carries in Vereen's absence.  He was benched Sunday after a second-quarter fumble.  LeGarrette Blount is the other running back on the roster.

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