Stevan Ridley is inactive for Week 13 against the Texans.

As is Aaron Dobson (foot). It's fairly surprising that Ridley is straight up inactive, but he was never likely to be in for a big role against the Texans after losing his third fumble in three games last week. Passing-down/hurry-up back Shane Vereen figures to lead the Patriots' backfield in touches, while Brandon Bolden should operate as the primary "big back" in Ridley's absence. Fellow fumbler LeGarrette Blount will likely be mixed in, but only Bolden is worth FLEX consideration. Bolden isn't a desperation option