June 15, 2024


“I believe all people acted swiftly and it was the best name on this scenario.”

New England Patriots players react as teammate Isaiah Bolden is tended to after getting injured against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, in Green Bay, Wis.
Matthew Slater and different Patriots gamers praised the choice to finish Saturday’s preseason sport early. (AP Picture/Jeffrey Phelps)

The entire features and setbacks that performed out on the gridiron at Lambeau Area Saturday evening meant little or no within the wake of a scary harm involving rookie Isaiah Bolden.

The Patriots cornerback wanted to be positioned on a stretcher and carted off with 10:29 left within the fourth quarter after inadvertently colliding with teammate Calvin Munson whereas attempting to interrupt up a Packers passing play.

In a crew assertion, the Patriots introduced that Bolden “had feeling in all his extremities, however has been taken to a neighborhood hospital for additional assessments and analysis.”

After Bolden was carted off, referee John Hussey introduced that the remaining 10:29 of sport time was going to be suspended.

New England ended the sport with a 21-17 victory, however Invoice Belichick spent little time specializing in Saturday’s sport throughout his temporary postgame press convention.

“The final scenario, within the greater image, overrode the sport,” Belichick stated. “All saying a prayer for Isaiah. … Appreciated the best way the league dealt with it. I believe that was the best factor to do. … Type of regroup and speak concerning the sport later. However that’s type of the place issues are for proper now.”

Patriots longtime captain Matthew Slater echoed his coach’s sentiment when it comes to placing all of their concentrate on the well being of Bolden, somewhat than the outcomes of a preseason contest.

“I believe proper now our main concern is Isaiah, his wellbeing,” Slater stated. “Our entire crew’s praying for him. Simply hoping that issues aren’t as severe as they appear.”

Regardless of the optics of Bolden being carted off the sphere, Mac Jones stated postgame that the 23-year-old defensive again appears to be feeling higher.

“That was undoubtedly robust to see Isaiah go down like that and simply arduous to appreciate the entire scenario …. Simply need to be there for each other, need to be there for him, his household,” Jones stated. “I’ve recognized him since highschool. We performed 7-on-7 soccer collectively. So undoubtedly one in all my brothers, however seems like he’s doing loads higher from what they’re telling us, in order that’s superior.”

“That’s nice information,” security Jabrill Peppers stated of the constructive updates on Bolden. “However we’ll really feel even higher when he’s again with us.”

On what ended up being the ultimate play of the sport, Bolden tried to shut in on Packers wideout Malik Heath as he reeled in a catch from QB Sean Clifford. As Munson additionally ran towards Well being, Bolden collided headfirst together with his teammate, dropping instantly to the turf.

“It seemed like simply a kind of collision hits, these freak hits that you just see on uncommon events on this league,” Patriots defensive again Jalen Mills stated. “You hate to see it.”

As New England’s medical workers started to deal with Bolden, each Patriots and Packers gamers took a knee on the sphere.

A number of of Bolden’s teammates had tears of their eyes because the promising rookie was positioned on the stretcher and loaded onto the cart.

“It introduced up that Damar [Hamlin] feeling and it’s simply scary,” Kendrick Bourne stated. “That’s simply the way it feels. So it’s simply praying for him, man, that he’s okay.”

Whereas nearly all the Patriots roster gathered round Bolden because the cart began to make its manner off the sphere, Belichick conferred with Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, Slater and Hussey.

Simply minutes later, the sport was formally suspended.

Postgame, Slater praised the choice to name off the sport, particularly when it comes to his longtime coach’s function within the resolution.

“I actually admire what Coach Belichick did tonight,” Slater stated. “He took the initiative on that and look — this isn’t the AFC Championship. We’re not taking part in for data. That is preseason sport two. We now have an harm like that, it impacts plenty of guys in plenty of alternative ways. And clearly our crew was shaken by what occurred. And I believe Coach made the best resolution.

“I believe that was large management by him. I’ve to say, truthfully, that was one of many proudest moments I’ve had as a man who’s performed for him for, now, 16 years to see what he did. There was no hesitation. I admire Coach LaFleur as properly for standing with him on that. I believe all people acted swiftly and it was the best name on this scenario.”

“I believe it’s most likely the best transfer to try this,” Jones added. “And simply all the things revolves round him and the way his household’s doing and, and all that stuff. Undoubtedly felt like we weren’t in an excellent headspace — no one was on both aspect of the ball.”

A 2023 seventh-round draft select of Jackson State College, Bolden has already logged common reps in New England’s secondary throughout his first NFL coaching camp and preseason. The 6-foot-2-inch nook has already slot in properly in Foxborough, in keeping with Slater. 

“He’s been a pleasure to be round,” Slater stated of Bolden. “He’s a younger man with plenty of expertise, however he’s a younger man that’s all the time bought a smile on his face, is all the time constructive, is all the time bringing nice vitality, nice effort to apply. And he’s been like a sponge.

“I imply, we’ve requested him to do loads for our soccer crew and he’s been keen and excited to do it. Clearly I’m biased — he’s a JSU Tiger. So I really like having a HBCU man right here, particularly one which went to my mother or father’s faculty. Yeah, he’s been nice. All the fellows love him. He’s match into our locker room seamlessly.”

As Slater and the remainder of the Patriots await extra updates on Bolden’s standing, the New England special-teams ace acknowledged that Saturday’s occasions function a sobering lesson of the hazards that may current themselves out on the soccer discipline.

“It’s a reminder of the fragility of life,” Slater stated. “It’s not one thing that we spend plenty of time interested by. However the actuality is, all of us are going to should wrestle with that sooner or later in time — each individual that’s ever walked the face of this earth. So I believe it’s unlucky that it occurs on this context, on this setting. As a result of that is meant to be a joyful, celebratory expertise.

“We’re taking part in a sport. We’re doing what we love, we’re entertaining individuals. Persons are getting enjoyment out of our sport. However it’s a reminder that issues can activate a dime. And it’s one thing that you need to put out of your head as a participant, as a result of you’ll be able to’t go on the market with worry and hesitation. However the actuality is — issues occur in life and definitely issues occur in soccer on a regular basis.”