Both Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Bolden were held out of the New England Patriots practice today, but Bolden’s injury is the more serious one going forward. Even if it wasn’t the same knee, Bolden suffered a knee injury against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday after being listed questionable on the injury report due to knee issues. The UDFA has been a key No. 2 RB for the Pats , so he will be missed. Even so, Danny Woodhead has been great this season and Shane Vereen is talented enough so that the Pats can still run the ball effectively against the New York Jets even without their No. 2 RB.
Hernandez will most likely play against the Jets, and the day off is likely rest for Hernandez. He had no complications after Sunday’s game, and he was able to haul in six passes and a touchdown in his first game back from a severe sprained ankle injury in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals.
The day of rest certainly bodes well for the star TE, who will receive a higher snap count against the Jets and figures to do a lot of damage against a pair of safeties not known for their work in coverage and a lack of depth in the secondary. In fact, with Antonio Cromartie likely lined up against Brandon Lloyd, there isn’t anyone who can stop Hernandez. LaRon Landry can play coverage, but he’s best off closer to the line and isn’t going to be going up against Hernandez much.
Meanwhile, Bolden’s absence will mean more carries and production for No. 1 back Stevan Ridley against a Jets run defense that has struggled this season (kind of weird, huh?) especially with the loss of solid DT Kendrick Ellis. The Pats won’t miss Bolden too much, and it seems more likely that he will miss Sunday’s game. Hernandez, however, looks good to go.
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