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Solder awaits medical clearance after fourth concussion since 2011

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Before entering the NFL as a first-round draft pick in 2011, Patriots tackle Nate Solder nearly gave Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell a concussion during Pro Day drills.  Since entering the NFL, Solder has had four known concussions.

Solder missed Sunday’s win over the Ravens after suffering concussions in each of the team’s prior two games.

“My health is important, and I know the doctors have my best interest [in mind],” Solder said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.  “I’m more concerned right now about Buffalo and getting prepared for them.”

Solder may be prepared for Buffalo, but he won’t be playing against Buffalo unless and until he receives clearance to do so.

As Howe points out, the third-year lineman has suffered more concussions than any other Patriots player since 2011, the first year of the current labor deal.  That also was the first year of reduced practice time and intensity, something about which coach Bill Belichick recently complained.

Lost in Belichick’s belief that more hitting and more practice would result in fewer in-game injuries is the reality that more hitting and more practice will result in more concussions.  Also overlooked by Belichick is the fact that his boss and the other 31 owners happily agreed to reduced practice time and intensity in order to secure an agreement by the players to take less money.

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5 Responses to “Solder awaits medical clearance after fourth concussion since 2011”
  1. willycents says: Dec 26, 2013 12:09 PM

    I agree with Belicheck completely, as do 95% of the sports fans I know. The problem with fewer practices and lighter practices is the training of the reflexes. The only way to train the reflexes is with practice and repetition. By cutting down on practice, the body’s reaction time slows, resulting in an inability to react to a hit, causing the hit to be more severe in its impact.
    For all us potatoes, try running a mountain marathon after just jogging for a mile once for training. Think there might be a higher chance of an ankle injury?

  2. marima07 says: Dec 26, 2013 12:43 PM

    Belichick is only stating the truth in regards to player safety, not blowing smoke for political purposes.

    The veteran players representing the union selfishly acted in their own interests, under the guise of ‘player safety’, when reducing practice time.

    Veterans don’t want 2-a-days in the heat of the summer, when rookies and free agents are trying to win jobs and compete a bit too hard for the vets’ liking.

    Also, player safety has nothing to do with the vets wanting to limit time players can spend with coaches inside the facility. The ONLY reason for that is so the rookies and free agents have reduced time to work with the coaching staff so it’s harder for them to compete with the veterans for a roster spot.

  3. wwwmattcom says: Dec 26, 2013 12:45 PM

    Don’t play dude. Youre brain and playoffs are more important and you aren’t any missing link.

    Then invest your salary, write a living will and name an executor.

  4. jcmeyer10 says: Dec 26, 2013 12:56 PM

    Rooting for this Buffaloe to take his time and get right. One of the few bright spots out of that program in a while.

    Go Buffs.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 26, 2013 3:09 PM

    If the league wants to cut down on concussions they should improve the helmets.

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