Yesterday, we talked about the possibility of the Patriots moving guard Logan Mankins over to left tackle if starting left tackle, Nate Solder, couldn’t go.
Solder had to leave New England’s loss to Miami last weekend with a head injury in the fourth quarter, and until today, it was unsure if he would be able to go this weekend against the Ravens.
Of course, Bill Belichick was keeping quiet on the matter—in typical Belichick fashion—but now it’s being reported by Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com that Solder was back at Patriots’ practice today:
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 to begin the on-field workout.
This is obviously good news for the Patriots. Line shuffles in Week 16 are never really what you want to see. And even though Mankins would have been a more than capable left tackle; it will be good to have everybody where they belong on the offensive line.
New England couldn’t seal the deal and beat the Dolphins last weekend, which would have clinched the AFC East title for them, but they’ll have another chance against the Ravens this weekend.