Morning take: Pats' Stevan Ridley injured

Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC East:

  • New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley missed a significant portion of practice with a right leg injury.

Morning take: The severity is unknown. But New England needs a healthy Ridley to boost the running game. Ridley and Vereen could be a good one-two punch if both stay injury-free.

Morning take: Sanchez is doing all he can to prove the doubters wrong. But he will have to perform well throughout, and there is no guarantee that will happen for all 16 games.

  • Buffalo Bills quarterback Vince Young is adjusting to life as a backup after once being a franchise quarterback.

Morning take: Young has had a star-crossed career. It began with a lot of promise but fizzled out in Tennessee. Young still believes he's starting material, but he is only fighting for a No. 2 job in Buffalo.

Morning take: I was disappointed in Miami's starting defense last week. The Dolphins will experience some growing pains learning a new 4-3 scheme. But this group needs to learn fast and become the strength of the Dolphins.