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.