Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Kiko Alonso (50) pursues New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen (34) during the fourth quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots unsure who will be named starting running back

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belicheck isn’t somebody you’d consider to have a high patience tolerance.

In Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, the much maligned head coach not only benched his tight end for a dropped ball, but he also benched starting running back Stevan Ridley after a second quarter fumble.

Not only was Ridley benched, he never saw another down, which lead to backup Shane Vereen getting the rest of the work.

Now with a short turnaround as the Patriots take on the New York Jets this coming Thursday, the Patriots are going to have to make a decision on their starting running back quickly. Right now, they say they’re not sure who it will be.

Per the Boston Globe:

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Monday no decisions have yet been made on when Ridley might re-enter the lineup.

“Stevan’s got to do a better job of holding on to the football,” McDaniels said. “He knows that. And we’ll work hard with him on that.”

Ouch.

Tags: New England Patriots Shane Vereen Stevan Ridley

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