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Derek Havens
November 09, 2012 at 04:30pm ET

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New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

After a strong start to his rookie career, Brandon Bolden has had some setbacks in recent weeks. (FILE:USPresswire)

The NFL announced the undrafted rookie running back would be suspended, but the substance has not yet been released to the public. He will be available to return for the Dec. 10 primetime match-up against the Houston Texans.

Bolden most likely wouldn't have played against the Buffalo Bills this weekend anyways, after missing his third straight practice Friday afternoon. The 22-year-old tailback has been dealing with a knee, lower leg injury since week six. While he is not on crutches anymore, he was still not ready to return.

Regardless of the injury, his suspension begins immediately and will have sometime off. After a strong start for the rookie, the feel good story has now become a big disappointment. I, however, do believe he will redeem himself and should add some fresh legs for New England towards the end of the season.

I would not expect the team to make a move at running back at this time, although that could change depending on injury. More details forthcoming.

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