Brandon Bolden

Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #38
Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #38

Brandon Bolden News

Season-high eight carries in loss

Bolden took eight carries for 32 yards in Sunday's 37-34 overtime loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Fellow reserve running back Zamir White (ankle) was inactive Sunday, so Bolden's usage spiked against the Niners when starter Josh Jacobs briefly exited the contest in the first half due to a minor hip injury. Bolden hadn't been dealt more than one carry in a single game since Week 3, but he could serve as Jacobs' primary backup again Week 18 against the Chiefs if White remains sidelined.

Jan 2, 2023 9:21 AM EST

Sheds injury designation

Bolden (calf) practiced in full Wednesday, Anthony Galaviz of The Fresno Bee reports.

Analysis: Bolden was limited on Monday's estimated practice report, but he's dropped his questionable injury tag and should be ready to go Thursday against the Rams. With Josh Jacobs (quad/calf) still limited and considered questionable for the game, it's possible Bolden could be looking at an increased workload for the contest.

Dec 7, 2022 2:26 PM EST

Considered limited Monday

Bolden (calf) was listed as a limited participant in Monday's estimated practice report, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Bolden was questionable going into Sunday's game against the Chargers with the same injury, but he ultimately suited up and played. With the Raiders playing Thursday against the Rams, it's possible his limited estimate would be a cautious approach, as opposed to him having aggravated the injury. His practice status will be worth monitoring in the days ahead though, especially with Ameer Abdullah (hamstring) and Josh Jacobs (quad/calf) also listed as limited participants Monday.

Dec 5, 2022 2:12 PM EST

Available Week 13

Bolden (calf) has been deemed active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Bolden was forced out with a calf injury during the Raiders' Week 12 overtime victory versus the Seahawks, and he was limited in each practice leading up to Sunday's game. However, the third-string running back will still suit up for this important divisional matchup against Las Vegas. Bolden has primarily filled in on special teams over the last six games, and he should continue to see limited offensive snaps behind Ameer Abdullah with Josh Jacobs (calf) also deemed active Week 13.

Dec 4, 2022 12:28 PM EST

Iffy for Week 13

Bolden (calf) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Chargers, Anthony Galaviz of The Fresno Bee reports.

Analysis: Bolden was limited throughout Week 13 prep due to a calf injury and is considered questionable for Sunday. The backup running back has played primarily on special teams this season, so his potential absence shouldn't impact the Raiders offense. However, Josh Jacobs (calf) is also questionable, so if both aforementioned players are sidelined, Zamir White and Ameer Abdullah would likely operate as Las Vegas' top two backs against Los Angeles.

Dec 2, 2022 3:01 PM EST

Limited Wednesday

Bolden (calf) was listed as a limited participant during the Raiders' walkthrough Wednesday, Rachel Gossen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Bolden was forced out early with a calf injury during Sunday's win over the Seahawks, and it's unclear if he was able to return to this contest. While the nature of this issue is still unknown, the 32-year-old running back will now have two more practices to improve his status before this Sunday's game against the Chargers. Bolden has recorded two rushes for 10 yards and five receptions (on five targets) for 32 yards while almost exclusively playing on special teams since Week 4, so he'll likely continue to play a limited offensive role when healthy.

Nov 30, 2022 8:16 PM EST

Exits with injury Sunday

Bolden (calf) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Bolden did not log a statistic before exiting at some point during the first half Sunday. While the nature of this issue is still unclear, his absence should leave Zamir White to take on a bigger role behind top running backs Josh Jacobs and Ameer Abdullah.

Nov 27, 2022 2:01 PM EST

Targeted once in win

Bolden caught his only target for four yards in Sunday's 22-16 overtime win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Bolden's lone reception came in the first quarter, but he ultimately logged just three offensive snaps while fellow running back Ameer Abdullah saw four targets out of the Raiders' backfield behind Josh Jacobs. Bolden figures to remain limited to a special teams role again Week 12 versus the Seahawks.

Nov 21, 2022 11:20 AM EST

Falls out of game plan Week 10

Bolden logged all 17 of his snaps on special teams in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: For only the second time in his eight appearances on the season, Bolden didn't pick up a snap on offense, as the Raiders had all of Josh Jacobs, Ameer Abdullah, Zamir White and Jakob Johnson work out of the backfield ahead of him. Bolden's status as a core special teams contributor should be enough to keep him active on game days moving forward, but he doesn't look like he'll have a role as a change-of-pace back unless one of Jacobs or Abdullah is sidelined.

Nov 16, 2022 9:25 AM EST

Dealt one carry in loss

Bolden took his only carry for five yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: Bolden was not targeted in the passing game, while fellow backup Ameer Abdullah caught one of three targets for eight yards. The former has logged just five total offensive snaps in three contests since the Raiders' bye in Week 6, so Bolden carries very little fantasy appeal into Las Vegas' upcoming tilt against the Colts.

Nov 7, 2022 7:18 AM EST

Four touches in Monday's loss

Bolden took his lone carry for five yards and caught all three of his targets for 29 yards in Monday's 30-29 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Bolden's 34 yards from scrimmage were a season high, but he played just 10 of 64 offensive snaps while workhorse Josh Jacobs handled 21 carries for 154 yards and a touchdown to go along with five catches on as many targets for 39 receiving yards. Following the team's upcoming bye, Bolden's role figures to remain limited against the Texans in Week 7, especially if the Raiders manage to build an early lead.

Oct 11, 2022 7:45 AM EST

Five snaps against Broncos

Bolden caught his only target for a loss of one yard in Sunday's 32-23 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Bolden logged a season-low five offensive snaps while starter Josh Jacobs erupted for 144 yards and two scores on 28 carries to go along with five receptions for 31 yards on six targets. Bolden could see a bit more passing-down work Week 5 if the Raiders fall behind the Chiefs early, but this is Jacobs' backfield.

Oct 3, 2022 8:11 AM EST

Five touches in return

Bolden rushed three times for 17 yards and caught his only two targets for four yards in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Bolden, who returned from a one-week absence due to a hamstring injury, earned five touches behind starter Josh Jacobs on Sunday while fellow reserve Ameer Abdullah was limited to four snaps on special teams. Bolden should fill a similar role back at home against the Broncos in Week 4.

Sep 26, 2022 8:27 AM EST

Cleared for Week 3 action

Bolden (hamstring) doesn't carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Titans after practicing fully Friday.

Analysis: Meanwhile, top back Josh Jacobs didn't practice for the second straight day due to illness and is listed as questionable for the contest. If Jacobs is unable to gain clearance to suit up for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, added Week 3 opportunities would be available for Bolden, Ameer Abdullah and Zamir White.

Sep 23, 2022 2:13 PM EST

Limited again Thursday

Bolden (hamstring) was limited at Thursday's practice, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Bolden logged his second consecutive limited practice Thursday after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 1. The running back was unable to suit up in Week 2 against Arizona. Expect Zamir White and Ameer Abdullah to share the workload behind lead back Josh Jacobs once again if Bolden is unable to get healthy before the Raiders' Week 3 matchup.

Sep 22, 2022 4:12 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Bolden (hamstring) was limited at practice Wednesday, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Bolden was inactive this past weekend against the Cardinals, but his limited participation Wednesday suggests that he has a chance to return to action this Sunday against the Titans. In Bolden's absence in Week 2, Ameer Abdullah and rookie Zamir White handled change-of-pace work behind lead back Josh Jacobs.

Sep 21, 2022 3:35 PM EST

Inactive in Week 2

Bolden (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 clash against the Cardinals.

Analysis: As became increasingly expected as the week unfolded, Bolden will not be healthy enough to suit up after recording a receiving touchdown in the Week 1 loss to the Chargers. In his absence, Ameer Abdullah and rookie Zamir White could be beneficiaries in the form of complementary snaps behind Josh Jacobs against Arizona.

Sep 18, 2022 12:00 PM EST

Doubtful for Week 2

Bolden (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cardinals after not practicing this week, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: With Bolden unlikely to suit up versus the Cardinals, Ameer Abdullah and Zamir White figure to see added complementary snaps behind behind starter Josh Jacobs in the Raiders' Week 2 backfield.

Sep 16, 2022 2:39 PM EST

Misses practice Wednesday

Bolden (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Prior to exiting this past Sunday's season opener against the Chargers, Bolden logged 16 snaps while working behind Josh Jacobs. In doing so, he rushed three times for seven yards while securing both of his targets for 21 yards and a TD. If Bolden is out or limited this weekend against the Cardinals, Ameer Abdullah and Zamir White could see added backfield snaps for the Raiders in Week 2.

Sep 14, 2022 3:16 PM EST

Exits with hamstring injury

Bolden suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Bolden was relatively effective to begin Sunday's season opener, rushing three times for seven yards while securing both of his targets for 21 yards and a touchdown. However, he was shaken up on a punt return in the third quarter and had to be helped off the field. He was ruled out shortly after, and it's not yet clear whether he'll be available for next Sunday's Week 2 matchup against Arizona.

Sep 11, 2022 5:44 PM EST

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