Cloud in forecast?

The Patriots continue to explore possibilities at running back. Former Boston College product Michael Cloud, who played for the Patriots in 2003, was in for a tryout at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Patriots worked out free-agent running back Olandis Gary. Other running backs in for tryouts within the last month include Erik Bickerstaff, Quentin Griffin and Charlie Garner.

Another free-agent possibility could be Anthony Thomas, who was waived by the Cowboys this week. Calls to his representatives on Thursday weren’t returned.

With Corey Dillon (ankle) and Patrick Pass (hamstring) questionable to play against the Colts on Monday, the Patriots are keeping their personnel files updated for possible replacements. Newly signed Heath Evans is the only healthy running back on the roster at this time.


The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Cloud has played for the Chiefs (1999-2002), Patriots (2003) and Giants (2004). In 71 career games, he’s rushed for 589 yards on 169 carries (3.5 avg.) and 12 touchdowns.

When playing for New England in 2003, he was used primarily on the goal-line, scoring five touchdowns in only 27 carries. Cloud was with the Giants in training camp this year and was cut on Sept. 4, before the season opener.

Looking ahead, we’ll plan on posting our next update later in the day on Friday.



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