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RB Stevan Ridley visits Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins today are kicking the tires on running back Stevan Ridley as an unrestricted free agent.

Ridley, unsigned after four seasons with the New England Patriots, is in South Florida visiting with the Miami braintrust.

Aaaannd we've hit the scratch-and-dent portion of free agency shopping because Ridley is recovering and not yet fully recovered from ACL reconstructive knee surgery that limited him last season to 340 yards on 94 carries through six games.

Ridley, per multiple reports, has not yet received medical clearance so Dolphins doctors should be a key part of this visit. Ridley is said to be approximately two months from getting medically cleared if all goes well.

Last week, Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey suggested the door was still open for a return of Knowshon Moreno, a free agent who last season suffered not one but two significant injuries -- first a dislocated elbow that cost him a month of games and then a torn ACL that ended his season as well when he returned from the elbow injury.

Ridley, 26, did have a 1,263-yard season in 2012. He has mostly been a backup since.

Ridley, who has played all his seasons in New England, is talented but does have a fumble problem that has put him in Bill Belichick's dog house multiple times during his four seasons.

Ridley was a third-round pick of the Patriots in 2011.