Brandon Bolden Injury: Updates on Patriots RB's Knee

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IOctober 14, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 7:  Brandon Bolden #38 of the New England Patriots gains yardage against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The most improved run game in the NFL took a significant hit on Sunday when New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden left with a knee injury.

UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 8 at 1:05 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Bolden did not participate in practice on Thursday:

Bolden, Scott, White absent from practice. Hernandez is wearing his game jersey, which sticks out hilariously.

— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 8, 2012

It doesn't look good for Bolden's chances to play this week. At least Patriots' fans can take some solace from the fact that it appears Aaron Hernandez will play.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 2:05 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Bolden didn't take part in Patriots practice today, which took place in full pads, according to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.

from full-pads #Patriots practice: Hernandez, Bolden, White & Scott not spotted...Gregory & Arrington return

— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) November 6, 2012

Getting Bolden back would give New England more depth in the backfield, but it's not a major concern because the team has so many options, starting with Stevan Ridley. So the Pats will make sure Bolden is back to full strength before he returns.

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 1 at 2:15 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Bad news for Patriots fans and Bolden owners—the running back didn't practice on Thursday, according to

In their final practice as a team before they take a break for the bye week, cornerback Kyle Arrington, running back Brandon Bolden and tight end Aaron Henandez were the only three players missing from the start of the Patriots Thursday afternoon practice session, which was held in pads on the lower fields behind Gillette.

If Bolden doesn't play it shouldn't impact the Patriots gameplan too much, seeing as the team has a cadre of little-known running backs seemingly able to make an impact at a moment's notice. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 28 at 12:10 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

After missing practice most of the week, the New England Patriots made Brandon Bolden one of their inactives for their overseas game against the St. Louis Rams.

As reported by Rams beat writer Jim Thomas, Bolden won't be suiting up for New England in London today.

Patriots inactives: S Patrick Chung, S Steve Gregory, RB Brandon Bolden, LB Tracy White, OG Logan Mankins, TE Aaron Hernandez, DE T. Scott.

— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) October 28, 2012

Like last week against the New York Jets, it looks like Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead are poised to get most of the carries behind starter Stevan Ridley. Get Bolden out of your fantasy lineup ASAP. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, October 25 at 1:46 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Brandon Bolden is still trying to work his way back to the practice field. The Patriots' stud missed practice again today, according to's Michael Vega per The Globe's Michael Whitner.

The Globe's Michael Whitmer reported tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle)... was not spotted during the media-access portion of Thursday's practice in shorts and shells at the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium.

Also absent... running back Brandon Bolden (knee).


UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 19 at 5:35 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

As expected, Bolden has been officially declared out for Sunday's game against the Jets, according to a report by the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.


Patriots rookie RB Brandon Bolden, who had been nice complement to Stevan Ridley is season, is out Sun vs Jets with knee injury #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) October 19, 2012


Without Bolden, it's likely that the Jets will see a heavy dose of Steven Ridley on Sunday. 

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UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 19 at 1:35 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

According to Mike Rodak of ESPN Boston, Bolden once again missed practice on Friday, and "will likely be declared out for Sunday's game on Friday's injury report."

This will increase the workload for Stevan Ridley and Danny Woodhead in the backfield as the Patriots look to defeat division rival New York Jets.

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UPDATE: Thursday Oct. 18 at 2:10 p.m. by Brian Mazique

Brandon Bolden looks to be a no-go for Sunday's game with New York Jets. This update comes from Christopher Price of



UPDATE: Wednesday Oct. 17 at 5:34 p.m. by Tyler Conway

Still hobbled by a knee injury suffered in last week's loss, Brandon Bolden did not practice on Wednesday for the Patriots, according to the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young.


#Patriots held walkthrough today but still had to file practice report. Bolden (knee) and White (foot) did not take part.

— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) October 17, 2012


The injury looked a little disconcerting when it happened, so it would not be shocking to see Bolden sit out a week. If he's unable to go, that could mean a larger workload for starter Stevan Ridley, who has shown an ability to handle it thus far.

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The news comes from the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young:

#Patriots announce Brandon Bolden left game with knee injury...return is questionable

— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) October 14, 2012

It's a good thing New England, regardless of the severity of Bolden's injury, has an offense that could survive the Apocalypse if it wanted to. 

The rookie out of Mississippi has been a pleasant surprise for the Pats, running the ball 37 times for 206 yards (5.6 yards per carry) and two touchdowns coming into Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Additionally, he was looking much more explosive than starter Stevan Ridley against the stout 'Hawks defense with 28 yards on six carries compared to Ridley's 15 on eight totes at the time of the injury. 

Still, though, the Pats have a few weapons.

In case you haven't heard of him, Tom Brady is sort of good. Like, one-of-the-best-of-all-time sort of good. He also has a few decent targets to throw to: Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Rob Gronkowski and, once again, Aaron Hernandez. 

Moreover, Ridley, who is currently struggling against Seattle, is having a terrific season and won't have to face this dominant run defense every week.

Losing Brandon Bolden, who looks to have a very bright future in the NFL, is a tough blow for the Patriots, but as they are currently proving in Seattle, they will probably be just fine.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on Bolden's knee injury as more becomes known.



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