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Bold move: The NFL suspended Patriots running back, Brandon Bolden, on Friday after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing supplement.
Injured Patriots running back, Brandon Bolden, made news on Friday for something other than his injured knee or potential return to the playing field.
The NFL suspended the rookie from Ole Miss for four games without pay for violating the league’s substance policy with the use of an illegal performance-enhancing drug, according to the league. They declined to indicate what drug it was.
The hit leaves New England with just three running backs on the active roster. Bolden joins the newest Patriot, Aqib Talib, on the suspension list. Talib was acquired by the Patriots from Tampa last week and has one game remaining on a four-game suspension of his own.
Initial reports indicated that the drug may have been pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant commonly found in popular cold medications like Sudafed & Dimetapp, but the league declined to comment further than the announcement of the suspension.
Bolden burst on to the scene in the team’s Week 4 win against the Bills in which he exploded for 137 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, but has not played since leaving New England’s Week 6 game in Seattle with that injured knee.
He will be eligible to return to practice following the team’s Week 13 game against the Dolphins and can return to game action the following week against the AFC South leading Texans. He will miss games against the Bills (Sunday), Colts, Jets and Dolphins.
In six games this year, Bolden has run the ball well. He has carried 43 times for a total of 231 yards – most of which came in his breakout game against Buffalo – and two touchdowns.
The undrafted running back will forfeit $97,500 of his rookie salary, according to boston.com.
New England should be fine without their rookie in the backfield, however, as they will continue to ride second-year man, Stevan Ridley and mix in Danny Woodhead and Shane Vereen against the terrible rush defense in Buffalo, which ranks 31st in the league through nine weeks of play, giving up an average of 169.5 rushing yards per game. Should they need him, they can always sign James Develin off the practice squad to fill the void.
The Patriots host the Bills (3-5) tomorrow at 1:00 in their first game since their demolishing of the Rams in London two weeks ago.
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New England Patriots rookie running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended without pay for four games Friday for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss has rushed for 234 yards and two touchdowns in six games this season, but missed the last two games with a knee injury.
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Mississippi product RB Brandon Bolden was a nice discovery for the New England Patriots this season, but while dealing with a knee injury against the Seattle Seahawks in mid October, his return to the team will be delayed even further. The NFL handed Bolden with a four game suspension for violating the league’s substance policy.
The Patriots announced the suspension on Friday but...
New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s drug policies (Credit: AP Photo)
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Running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended from the New England Patriots for four games after violating the NFL’s policy against performance enhancing drugs.
Bolden’s suspension is effective immediately and will...
Brandon Bolden suspended 4 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. #Patriots— Paul Perillo (@pfwpaul) November 9, 2012Well, this was unexpected. Still, Bolden hasn't practiced since the Seattle game with a knee injury so who knows when he would've come back anyway.The injury coupled with the four game suspension should do a decent job...
New England’s deep backfield is going to be a little thin for the next four weeks.
The NFL announced on Friday that rookie running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended for the next four games beginning immediately for violating the league’s policy against performance enhancing substances.
“Brandon Bolden of the New England Patriots has been suspended without pay for four...
New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended for four games by the NFL for testing postive for PED's.
Here's the statement from the NFL:
Brandon Bolden of the New England Patriots has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Bolden’s suspension begins immediately. He will...
Today the NFL suspended Patriots RB Brandon Bolden four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. The ban kicks in immediately, per WEEI’s Chris Price. Bolden was not expected to play this week anyway due to a knee injury. Bolden can be dropped in re-draft leagues. The Patriots will move forward with Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead behind Stevan...
Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (knee) is likely going to be inactive Sunday against the Bills.Fantasy Spin:Bolden hasn't practiced since he suffered a knee injury in Week 6. Shane Vereen has benefitted most from Bolden's absence.
New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden was hit with a four-game suspension without pay Friday for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Bolden will begin serving his punishment immediately. He'll be eligible to return to the Patriots' active roster after their Dec. 2 game against Miami. The undrafted rookie from Mississippi wasn...
Paul Perillo reports that the NFL has suspended Patriots RB Brandon Bolden for four games after he violated the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Bolden’s suspension is expected to start this Sunday, even though he’s currently dealing with a knee injury. The Patriots have plenty of options at running back without him, so they should be fine in the coming weeks.
Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances, according to Paul Perillo of Patriots Football Weekly.Fantasy Spin:Bolden hasn't practiced since he suffered a knee injury in Week 6. Shane Vereen has benefitted most from Bolden's absence and that should continue.