Stevan Ridley was declared a healthy inactive Sunday. The New England Patriots will stick with Shane Vereen as the majority back, at least in their passing situations. LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden will divvy up the carry picture for as long as Ridley is exiled.
Andre Ellington's sore knee kept him out on Sunday, and Rashard Mendenhall took advantage, averaging 4.22 yards, his highest rate since Week 2. Mendy had shown a bit more giddy-up the previous week, as well, as his turf toe that has nagged him nearly all season may be subsiding. Even after Ellington returns, if the situation calls for bruising, Mendenhall may take more work away as he regains Bruce Arians' trust.
In a not-so-big surprise, Donald Brown (17 utils Sunday) has supplanted Trent Richardson (five) as the Indianapolis Colts' starting back. Adjust accordingly.
Montee Ball had a banner day Sunday with 117 yards on 13 carries. Knowshon Moreno was active, but the Denver Broncos wanted to involve both to keep Moreno (ankle) fresh. Look for Ball to tote this frequently as Denver tries to lock down a first-round bye.
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