(Eds: Corrects alma mater to LSU. With AP Photos.) By MATTHEW CARROLL Associated Press Stevan Ridley will be on the sidelines this weekend, just not in uniform.
While many players around the NFL escape football during the bye week, New England's second-year running back wants no part of that. Ridley is heading to Louisiana to watch his former high school play on Friday before attending his alma mater's biggest clash of the season a day later.
''I'll be down in Baton Rouge, watching the LSU-'Bama game, of course,'' he said of his fifth-ranked Tigers and their showdown against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. ''It's funny how you get some time away and I'm going to watch another football game.
''So, I'm leaving football to go to football. Hey, it's my life.''
And with good reason.
At the midway point of the Patriots' season, the back is developing into one of the league's best, leading the AFC with 716 yards rushing, good enough for fourth in the NFL. He has 57 more yards than Houston'...