Bolden admits 'mistake' that led to suspension


Bolden admits 'mistake' that led to suspension

FOXBORO -- Brandon Bolden was activated to the Patriots 53-man roster before Monday night's game against the Texans and played -- on special teams and as a running back late in the game -- in his team's 42-14 win. It was his first game back after serving a four-game suspension for using performance-enhancers.

"It felt good," Bolden said. "I havent done that in a while, so it felt pretty good."

Bolden explained how he tried to move on after hearing the news that he would be suspended.

"Just took it as it came," he said. "It was a mistake. Saddened that it happened, but the team kept going so just gotta keep moving forward."

Suspended players are not allowed to use team facilities, but he said he did his best to stay in shape while away from Gillette Stadium.

"Just worked," he said. "Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, just to make sure I didn't fall too far off."

Bolden had two carries for 11 yards in his return against Houston. The undrafted rookie back out of Ole Miss has accumulated 245 yards and two touchdowns on 45 carries this season. He was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his Week 4 performance when he had 137 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

At the time of his suspension, he was dealing with a knee injury, but he was not listed on the injury report last week as the Patriots prepared for the Texans.

Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team


Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina's national team.

Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.

His nation's career scoring leader with 55 international goals, Messi sent Argentina's first penalty kick over the crossbar.

Messi tells the Argentine network TyC Sports "the national team is over for me. It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over."

Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007 Copa final and to Germany in extra time in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost last year's Copa final to host Chile on penalty kicks.

The 29-year-old Messi has led Barcelona to four Champions League titles.

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection


Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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