The Facts: Bolden sprained his ankle last winter and was unable to run during any part of the team's offseason training program, according to league sources.
Diehards Line: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bolden suffered the ankle sprain while lifting weights on his own, when he didn't have his ankle planted correctly. He is scheduled to meet with team trainers on Monday and believes his ankle has healed sufficiently. ... Bolden still attended the Patriots' program, but couldn't participate in drills. He is hoping and expecting to be ready for the start of training camp on July 25. Being that it was the offseason, New England opted to be cautious with him, holding him out of drills with the hope of having him ready for summer training camp. Bolden rushed for 274 yards and two touchdowns last season before being suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances in November. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry on his 56 rushing attempts and he could emerge as a player of fantasy interest if the Patriots go with a more run-oriented approach in light of injury and attrition to their receiving corps.