Nate Solder returns to practice for Patriots

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The Patriots have seen tackle Nate Solder go down with concussions in each of the last two games, but it doesn’t appear that he’ll be taking it easy this week in hopes of avoiding a hat trick.

Solder did not practice at all on Wednesday, but the Patriots announced that he was participating in practice on Thursday. There was no indication of how much work Solder did during the session, although he will almost certainly be listed as he makes his way through the full concussion protocol.

Logan Mankins moved to left tackle last week when Solder went down with Josh Kline replacing him at left guard during an ineffective day for the Patriots offensive line. If Solder plays, he’ll be spending a lot of his time trying to stop Terrell Suggs, who hasn’t had a sack in the last six games, from disrupting Tom Brady and the passing game.

Speaking of the passing game, wide receiver Josh Boyce was the only player to miss practice for the Patriots on Thursday. Fellow rookies Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson, who both missed the Miami game with injuries, were participating in practice.

6 responses to “Nate Solder returns to practice for Patriots

  1. As a Pats fan – they will need him healthy and effective against the Ravens. The Ravens have turned it around for sure and look like a tough team. They always beat up the Pats – Pats need to play tough and smart or they’re toast.

  2. The way to beat Baltimore has always been to not beat yourself. 0 turnovers almost guarantees you will be in it at the end.

    Obviously it’s better to get 7’s instead of 3’s, but making risky throws is often why you lose to them.

    Since 2000 the Ravens are 13-31 when forcing zero turnovers in a game.

  3. The Pats really missed having a taller receiver on the field at the end of the Miami game. It would be a huge help if Thompkins and Dobson were out there.

    If those 2 play the Pats can score enough to beat Baltimore. Especially with Flacco’s knee a bit dicey maybe he’ll underthrow a few just that little bit that makes for a defensed pass or an int.

    It will be a tough game but neither team has any kind of lock on it.

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