Bolden rejoins Falcons, declines to talk about criminal case

Updated: October 16, 2003, 12:21 AM ET

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Juran Bolden was back at practice for the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday, four days after the cornerback was arrested for driving a stolen car and marijuana possession.

Coach Dan Reeves said he has no intention of disciplining Bolden until the criminal case runs its course.

"I'm not a court, I'm not a jury and I'm not a judge," Reeves said. "We're going to let the legal part of it take care of itself and as far as we're concerned, you're innocent until proven guilty."

Bolden wouldn't comment on his arrest but said he was glad to be back with the Falcons. He sat out the first six games after reconstructive knee surgery, the result of an injury in Atlanta's playoff loss at Philadelphia in January.

The Falcons have three weeks to decide whether to activate Bolden, place him on injured reserve or cut him.

"I talked with Coach Reeves and I talked to the team," Bolden said. "The guys are supportive, very supportive. I'm anxious to get back on the field and play some football. This is what I do. I want to do my thing."

Police said Bolden was arrested when officers discovered that a sports utility vehicle he was driving had been stolen, and the license plate didn't match the vehicle. Police also found less than an ounce of marijuana in the car.

The 29-year-old Bolden returned to the NFL last season after spending two years in the Canadian Football League. He tied for the team lead with four interceptions.

"He's a part of our family," Reeves said. "If I had a member of my family going through the same problems, I'd treat them exactly the same. Hopefully these things will clear up and be in his favor. But I don't know what the situation is right now and where that stands."

After practice, Reeves said he wasn't sure if Bolden would be able to play Sunday, when the Falcons (1-5) host the New Orleans Saints (2-4).

"I thought he ran well," Reeves said. "He didn't look like he was limping. But he might have some soreness in the morning. We'll just have to wait and see how he does."

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