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Stevan Ridley Injury Continues Curse Of Bernard Pollard For Patriots

Stevan Ridley Injury

A Steven Ridley injury sealed the New England Patriots loss in the AFC Championship Game but also did something else — it continued the team’s curse of Bernard Pollard.

The Baltimore Ravens defender has bounced around to a few teams over the last five seasons, but, wherever he goes, Bernard Pollard somehow finds a way to injure the Patriots star players. On Sunday, it was a Steven Ridley injury that Pollard added to his resume.

In the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship, the Ravens led the Patriots 21-13, but the Patriots had the ball and were moving for a potential game-tying score.

The Patriots gave the ball to Stevan Ridley, and, as the running back put his helmet down in an attempt to gain a few extra yards, he ran smack into Bernard Pollard. Ridley’s lowering his helmet caused him to hit Pollard head-on, knocking the running back out cold and forcing him to fumble.

Stevan Ridley’s injury forced him to remain down for several minutes, though he eventually walked to the locker room under his own power. He spent the rest of the game there, The SportsXChange noted.

The Stevan Ridley injury was especially stinging for Patriots fans given the curse of Bernard Pollard. NFL.com highlighted the injuries Pollard has levelled on the Patriots, including ones to Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski:

»September 2008: Pollard, then with the Kansas City Chiefs, crashed into Tom Brady’s planted left leg. Brady was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

»January 2010: Pollard, then with the Houston Texans, closed in on Wes Welker, who tore his ACL while trying to cut away from the safety.

»January 2012: Pollard, now with the Ravens, dragged down Rob Gronkowski, who sustained a high ankle sprain. Gronkowski was knocked out of the game and limited in a Super Bowl XLVI loss.

While all of Bernard Pollard’s hits were costly to the Patriots, Stevan Ridley’s injury may have robbed the team of a chance to return to the Super Bowl. The Ravens recovered his fumble, and four plays later scored a touchdown to increase their lead to 15 points and put the game out of reach.

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15 Responses to “Stevan Ridley Injury Continues Curse Of Bernard Pollard For Patriots”

  1. Joe Pierce

    I think it`s time that they fine BP, all they have to do is look at all the injuries that he has caused and it shows that this is not a coincedence. all patriots players? no coincedence at all.they better get a handle on this guy before he actually paralyzes a player for life with his play.

  2. Wayne Beigel

    Get a handle on him? What does that mean? That was a clean, hard hit on Ridley nothing more. Why don't you mention that little bitch move Brady made by trying to kick a player?

  3. Tony Simpson

    How about no one can lead with the Halmet not Offense or Defense. It says Ridley put his head down and that's why it happened…

  4. Anonymous

    I think it is past time Pollard was investigated by the NFL for bountygate and banned from playing in the NFL.

  5. Anonymous

    I think it is past time Bernard Pollard should be investigated by the NFL for bountygate and banned from playing in the NFL!

  6. Anonymous

    Wayne Beigel Funny how Pollard's clean, hard hits are only on the Star Patriots!!!

  7. Joe Pierce

    actually i`m not a Pats fan regardless JUST STATING FACTS ya dumbfucks…and why didn`t they call it on Brady? and patty that`s what i`m wanting to know too.

  8. Brenda King

    Apparently the hits have been "NFL Legal". Since when is it okay for a QB to slide and kick a player….Brady plays dirty. So glad the Patriots didn't get to the Super Bowl…..cheaters never prosper. Note: Since they got caught cheating, they haven't won a super bowl (2 appearances and no wins).

  9. Brenda King

    Apparently the hits were "NFL Legal". It's okay for a QB to slide and kick a player? Finally someone is recognizing how much of a cry baby Brady is. Note: Patriots haven't won a super bowl since they got caught cheating….. Just glad to know that Ridley wasn't hurt bad….but good hit. Glad the Pats lost!