Solder, Dobson absent at start of practice


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Starting left tackle Nate Solder and rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson were not spotted at the start of Patriots practice on Wednesday morning, which was held indoors in advance of the team's Week 15 trip to Miami to take on the Dolphins.

Solder did not appear to be injured at any point during this past Sunday's win over the Browns, and it is not immediately clear why he was not present to start the practice. Dobson, meanwhile, has been out since suffering a foot injury in Week 12 against the Broncos.

While the Patriots were without one starting offensive tackle in Solder, Marcus Cannon, who has stepped into a starting role with Sebastian Vollmer on injured reserve, returned to practice for the first time since a Week 12 ankle injury.

Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee) and wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (hip), who both missed Sunday's game, were also at practice.

Tight end D.J. Williams, re-signed on Monday, has switched uniform numbers and is now wearing No. 45, the number he wore during an All-American career at Arkansas.

The Patriots practiced in shells and helmets.