New England Patriots rookie running back Brandon Bolden has not practiced all week after being held out of the walk-through Wednesday, practice yesterday, and the session today. This likely points to the conclusion that Bolden will not be available against the New York Jets in Week 7, and it might also mean that he truly did injure the same knee on Sunday and tweaked/worsened the existing injury.
Bolden was listed questionable on the injury report leading up to that game against the Seattle Seahawks, and I highly doubt he plays against the Jets.
He’s a solid backup running back, but it’s tough not to like the other two guys on the roster behind him. Shane Vereen can help give Stevan Ridley a breather here and there, and Ridley can always shoulder the workload and is a near-lock for 100 yards against a much weaker Jets run defense. Danny Woodhead is one of the best situational backs in football, and he’s in line for another solid game as the team’s No. 2 back. He played very well against a tough Seahawks run defense, so the Pats can definitely feel comfortable with giving him a higher workload to make up for the loss of Bolden.
There’s no sense in rushing back the UDFA out of Ole Miss, especially with the stable of backs on the roster and the state of the opponent’s defense.
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