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Brandon Bolden and Jerod Mayo out Wednesday

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The New England Patriots were missing six players at practice yesterday, including outside linebacker Jerod Mayo and rookie running back Brandon Bolden. Mayo injured his elbow against the New York Jets but was able to return, and he is also dealing with an illness. His prospects for Sunday’s game are sketchy, but it seems like he will play once the illness is over.

Bolden has not played or practiced since re-injuring his knee during the Patriots Week 6 loss against the Seattle Seahawks. He was listed questionable with a knee injury prior to the game, and he will likely be out against the St. Louis Rams due to Shane Vereen’s huge game against the Jets. The Pats have plenty of depth at the running back position, so they can definitely afford to give Bolden some more rest.

Steve Gregory has missed the past three games for the New England Patriots, and he is still not practicing with a hip injury. Tracy White  is also not practicing with a foot injury, and he could be out for the long haul. The Patriots signed Jeff Tarpinian off of the practice squad before last Sunday’s game, and LB Mike Rivera was also spotted in the locker room a couple of days ago.

Both Ras-I Dowling and Trevor Scott left last week’s game with injuries, and both of them are still unable to practice. The Dowling injury is especially concerning, given the struggles of the secondary recently. If he can’t play, then Kyle Arrington will have to continue to receive a large role with the team.

Brandon Lloyd, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Julian Edelman, Wes Welker, Patrick Chung, Dont’a Hightower, Sebastian Vollmer, Nick McDonald, Sterling Moore, Logan Mankins, and Ron Brace were all limited yesterday.

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Tags: Aaron Hernandez Brandon Bolden Brandon Lloyd Jerod Mayo Julian Edelman Mike Rivera New England Patriots Ras-I Dowling Rob Gronkowski Steve Gregory Tracy White Trevor Scott Wes Welker

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