New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has not been able to play for the past two weeks with a knee injury that caused him to leave the Week 6 contest against the Seattle Seahawks. Bolden re-aggravated a knee injury in that game, and he is still absent from practice.
The Patriots held their first practice of the bye week today, and Bolden was not found practicing. The rookie running back has been solid when healthy, but Shane Vereen’s performance against the New York Jets has helped bring him back to second in the RB hierarchy behind feature back Stevan Ridley. We’ll get a better gauge on Bolden’s health next week, but it seems like the rookie’s knee isn’t progressing as far along as it should. More importantly, the emergence of Vereen combined with the presence of Danny Woodhead gives the Patriots less of a reason to rush Bolden back. There is plenty of depth, and that’s certainly a good thing.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was able to take some first-team reps yesterday, and he is taking all of them today. The knee and quad injuries he suffered after being sacked by Calvin Pace last week seem to be going quickly, as MRI’s revealed that the quality rookie QB sustained only bruises. That’s great news for Dolphins fans, as Tannehill will almost certainly be ready to duel it out with fellow first-year signal-caller Andrew Luck.
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