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Nate Solder hopes long absence from lineup ends this week

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 14:  Nate Solder #77 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots react after Gronkowski caught a touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots left tackle Nate Solder didn’t play in last weekend’s victory over the Cardinals because of a hamstring injury he suffered in the final preseason game.

That injury extended a long absence from meaningful game action for Solder. He tore his biceps in Week Five of the 2015 season, landing him on injured reserve and ending his season. While Solder was dealing with that, he and his wife also learned that their son had a cancerous tumor on his kidney.

Hudson continues to undergo chemotherapy and his dad says the 14-month-old “is doing great now.” Still, it was, as Solder understates it, “a tough year” and Solder is looking forward to returning to his spot on the Patriots offensive line sooner rather than later.

“I’m so looking forward to this whole season and this week, getting back on the field and getting to do what I love doing,” Solder said, via the Boston Herald. “You know what, it’s been so exciting. … That’s kind of the fun thing about football. Everything is behind us, and we’re moving forward.”

Solder was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice and the Patriots will practice twice more this week before hosting the Dolphins this Sunday.

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5 Responses to “Nate Solder hopes long absence from lineup ends this week”
  1. dickshotdogs says: Sep 15, 2016 8:38 AM

    Godspeed, Hudson.

  2. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 15, 2016 8:51 AM

    What a positive attitude reminiscing on a tough year him on the field and an unimaginable tougher year off the field. Cancer sucks in general, but when an infant gets cancer it’s like WTF? Doesn’t make sense.

    Hopefully his kid gets the needed treatment and beats it and Solder returns to ProBowl form at LT for the Pats. Seems like the Solder family could use a positive year. Good luck

  3. 8oneanddones says: Sep 15, 2016 10:14 AM

    Colorado proud!

  4. 6ball says: Sep 15, 2016 10:26 AM

    Solder is crucial to the success of the Patriots. His midseason loss led to the sputtering on fumes offense the Patriots featured at the end of last year. Having already lost Sebastian Vollmer for the season, the Patriots depth at tackle is already wafer thin.

  5. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoNewEngland says: Sep 15, 2016 10:28 AM

    Doesn’t matter

    Dolphins 24
    Patriot 13

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