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NFL suspends Brandon Bolden four games

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The Patriots’ surprisingly deep rushing attack has gotten a little less deep, at least for the next four weeks.

Per multiple reports, rookie running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended four games for violation of the league’s policy regarding performance-enhancing substances.

The specific nature of the violation is not yet known.

Bolden, undrafted from Mississippi, has appeared in six games this season, rushing for 234 yards and two touchdowns.  He had 16 carries for 137 yards against the Bills on September 30.

The suspension starts immediately.  It’s unclear whether Bolden exercised his right to appeal the suspension, and when the violation occurred.

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20 Responses to “NFL suspends Brandon Bolden four games”
  1. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 9, 2012 4:35 PM

    Hmmmm ….. what’s that all about????

  2. deepthreat says: Nov 9, 2012 4:36 PM

    Since HGH helps you heal quickly, we can pretty much rule that out…

  3. dmartin17 says: Nov 9, 2012 4:36 PM

    blah blah blah cheaters blah blah blah spygate blah blah blah.

    Ok, guess we can turn off the comments now, I’ve got it covered.

  4. ampats says: Nov 9, 2012 4:37 PM

    He’s been hurt so obviously he took something to speed up his recovery. He now has 4 weeks to get ready for the playoffs.

  5. realfann says: Nov 9, 2012 4:39 PM

    unclear = you don’t know?

  6. denverwally says: Nov 9, 2012 4:42 PM

    At least he didn’t cheat IN THE MIDDLE OF A GAME like the Steelers do, thank goodness.

  7. geniusfan says: Nov 9, 2012 4:44 PM

    Bolden wasn’t going to play anyways in fact he hasn’t played since the Patriots beat Denver which was a month ago.

    Ridley, Vereen, and Woodhead are more than enough for the rest of the season Bolden is just a bonus.

    Amazing that even after the Patriots’ bye week they still have a sizable lead on the rest of the NFL in points scored this has been the NFL’s best offense so far and it hasn’t been all that close either.

  8. truetrue85 says: Nov 9, 2012 4:47 PM

    Patriots player involved with controversy? “Spygate” will be trending in no time.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 9, 2012 4:49 PM

    Let me guess, he has ADHD and uses Adderral.

  10. armchairgm9 says: Nov 9, 2012 4:51 PM

    Whether it’s Adderall or not, it’s going to be “Adderall.”

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Nov 9, 2012 5:01 PM

    Hey Geniusfan. You realize that all but 5 teams have had a bye week too, right? It’s not like the Pats have played 8 games and everyone else has played 9.

    If you made that comment as an ironic blast at some of the idiots on this site, then I apologize and I commrnd your sharp sense of humor. But if you weren’t joking…..dude, you’re a meat head.

    But yes, the Pats offense is really good.

  12. rushmatic says: Nov 9, 2012 5:02 PM

    Listening to the Joe Rogan Experience when he interviewed Victor Conte was truly eye-opening with regard to stories like this.

    I’d suggest it to any sports fan who’d like the real story behind performance enhancing drugs and sports.

  13. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 9, 2012 5:07 PM

    “Bolden, undrafted from Mississippi, has appeared in six games this season, rushing for 234 yards and two touchdowns. He had 16 carries for 137 yards against the Bills on September 30.”

    So…..he has 97 yards rushing in 5 games against teams who aren’t Buffalo?

    Buffalo who ranks 31st in rush yards allowed?

    Not a huge loss.

  14. geniusfan says: Nov 9, 2012 5:27 PM

    “It’s not like the Pats have played 8 games and everyone else has played 9.”

    I was just pointing out that the Patriots had a bye week and still lead the NFL in points scored. Almost every other team has had a bye week already.

    In fact the Giants who are second to the Patriots in points scored with 254 to the Patriots’ 262 haven’t even had their bye week yet! That means that the Patriots’ offense has been so good this year that they were a full game’s worth of production ahead of the second best team.

    I’m not a “meathead” I’m pointing out facts. The Patriots’ offense leads the NFL in total yards, points, and first downs. They have had the NFL’s best offense so far period. Hopefully the success they have had carries over to the second half of the season and beyond.

  15. wolfmanpatriot says: Nov 9, 2012 5:31 PM

    I have a problem with this no matter what player on any team.

    We all want our teams players to heal as quickly and as well as possible.
    Allow them to do that!
    Then, make them wait till the substance is fully out of their system before being allowed to return to play. These suspensions keep them from learning in the classrooms, rehabbing with the staff and facilities and earning a paycheck.
    Every team is hurt by this rule. Players either get suspended, or return before fully healed, compounding the injury and shortening their careers.

    The owners and NFL do not care about their long term health. Players are merely commodities in their eyes. Why should this aspect of their health be any different. They do not hesitate in giving a player a pain reducing shot, which enhances performance.

  16. patsfiend says: Nov 9, 2012 6:11 PM

    This kid was rushing hard when he was in there. I liked his style. I guess we’ll find out if that was PED-fueled or not.

  17. CKL says: Nov 9, 2012 11:55 PM

    According to one of the teams beat writers, Greg Bedard, it’s pseudoephedrine.

  18. csilojohnson says: Nov 10, 2012 12:28 AM

    The leagues policy on PEDS is such a joke. That is why they are dragging thier feet with the HGH testing. They don’t really care. Just need to save face when someone is caught. Better athletes = $$$$$.

  19. wildbillsrodeo says: Nov 10, 2012 8:56 AM

    Now we have the reason as to why Bolden’s preseason was so spectacular…

  20. beastmode5150 says: Nov 10, 2012 11:53 AM

    Talib just joined, coincidence?

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