Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Solder, Boyce missing from practice
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After leaving Sunday's game with his second head injury in as many weeks, Patriots starting left tackle Nate Solder was not spotted at the start of the team's practice on Wednesday morning.
Solder was forced to depart the Week 15 game in Miami early in the fourth quarter after appearing to be kicked or kneed, according to head coach Bill Belichick.
In his place, the Patriots kicked left guard Logan Mankins out to the left tackle spot and used rookie Josh Kline in Mankins' normal spot.
During his morning news conference Wednesday, Belichick indicated an update on Solder's injury would come via the team's practice report later this afternoon.
It's the second straight Wednesday practice that Solder has missed, as he sat out last week's as well as he recovered from the concussion suffered in Week 14. He practiced on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday and underwent a pregame workout on Sunday, indicating he was a true game-time decision.
Rookie wide receiver Josh Boyce, who left Sunday's game with what appeared to be a right foot or ankle injury, was also absent for the media portion of the practice. He posted four catches in the defeat, a career high.
The Patriots had perfect attendance otherwise at practice, including rookie wide receivers Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip), who have missed the past three and two games, respectively.
Dobson returned to practice last Friday on a limited basis but did not travel with the team to Miami. Thompkins, meanwhile, has been limited in practice since suffering a Week 13 injury against the Texans.
The Patriots practiced in shells and helmets on the game field at Gillette Stadium, which has the same surface -- field turf -- as they'll play on this Sunday in Baltimore. The team may also have moved the practice inside the stadium due to the snow on the practice fields, which they may not have been able to remove in time for practice.
While it was chilly in Foxborough this morning, temperatures call for nearly 70 degrees on Sunday in Baltimore with a roughly 50 percent chance of rain.