It sounds like Stevan Ridley may have suffered a setback on Thursday. (FILE:USPresswire)

Patriots runningback Stevan Ridley had been off to promising start, but it sounds like he may have suffered a setback on Thursday.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Globe the 2nd-year runningback suffered a leg injury in practice that caused him to leave and not return.

Howe writes that the runningback had a “slight limp” after practice as he left the field.

Running back Stevan Ridley injured his right leg (knee?) midway through practice and didn’t return. He was stretching it out on the sideline, putting weight on it and hobbling around, which was a fortuitous sign. But it’s definitely an important injury to monitor. Ridley never actually departed for the locker room, and he stopped to speak with an acquaintance after practice before walking down the stairs to the stadium. He had a slight limp.

So far this preseason Ridley finds himself in what has been shaping up to be a good battle with teammate Shane Vereen, who has been making a strong run recently.  It’s a nice change from what transpired last preseason where Vereen arrived late due to the fact he wasn’t under contract, only to suffer an early hamstring injury that hampered him through not just training camp but also much of the season.

Things appear to be going much differently for him this time around, and according to recent reports he’s even been seeing more and more snaps recently in practice, which could be bad news for Ridley if he’s out for any significant amount of time.

Vereen also made the biggest splash thus far through one exhibition game after a big third quarter where he carried 11 times for 64 yards (5.8 avg) last Thursday night against New Orleans. He also had 2 receptions for 17 yards.  

Ridley meanwhile played the first half and finished with 8 carries for 40 yards (5.0 avg).

Needless to say this is an injury worth keeping an eye on.