Thursday, December 19, 2013
Nate Solder back at practice Thursday
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots starting left tackle Nate Solder, who missed Wednesday's practice with a concussion, returned on Thursday, leaving rookie wide receiver Josh Boyce (ankle) as the only player not spotted at the beginning of the on-field workout.
Solder, the towering left tackle, left Sunday’s game in Miami early in the fourth quarter with the injury after being limited in the week leading up to the game with a concussion. He was replaced by starting left guard Logan Mankins, with rookie Josh Kline taking Mankins' normal position.
Boyce suffered his injury late in the game Sunday, as well, leading to increased repetitions for veteran Austin Collie. Fellow rookie wideouts Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) and Aaron Dobson (foot) practiced again. The Patriots are hopeful to get the duo back this week after a combined five games missed.
The team practiced again on the game field, maybe because the Ravens play on a FieldTurf surface at their home stadium (Gillette Stadium is a FieldTurf surface). The Patriots practiced in shells and helmets this morning, as they did on Wednesday.
The Patriots will suit up Friday for their final practice of the week before traveling Saturday to Baltimore for the Week 16 matchup with the Ravens. The Pats can clinch the AFC East crown with a win.