As part of their efforts to get under the 53-man regular season roster limit, the New England Patriots opted to part ways with veteran running back and special teamer Brandon Bolden. But while the team released him, it was reportedly interested in keeping him around in some capacity.
According to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, this plan will turn into practice today:
Patriots back to practice at 12:35 p.m. and expectation is that RB Brandon Bolden will be back with the club after being released Saturday.
Bolden has been with the Patriots since he joined the club as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012. Since then, he has earned two Super Bowl rings and appeared in 79 total games as a depth running back and special teamer – which is exactly what Bolden will bring to the table once he rejoins the team later today.
Consequently, though, the Patriots will have to make a corresponding roster move to fit Bolden on their 53. At this point in time, there are a few realistic scenarios: The Patriots, for example, could opt to place linebacker Shea McClellin or defensive tackle Vincent Valentine, who were both absent from practice yesterday, on injured reserve (and potentially reactivate them at a later point).
New England could also move one of its back-of-the rosters players to make room for Bolden. Offensive tackles LaAdrian Waddle and Cole Croston or safety Jordan Richards are potential candidates in case the team opts to go that way. If Bolden is at practice today, we should know later today.
EDIT: The Patriots have placed Shea McClellin on the injured reserve with the potential to return in the middle of the season.