New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden was a nice story until Friday. The NFL announced that Bolden, an undrafted rookie, is suspended four games for violating the league’s performance enhancement policy.
Bolden has missed the last two games with a knee injury. But before that, he rushed for 234 yards as a backup and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. He gave the Patriots an extra boost in the running game behind starter Stevan Ridley.
Bolden will miss the next four games against the Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. He is eligible to return to New England for a "Monday Night Football" game against the Houston Texans on Dec. 10.