Many people thought that New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder was going to miss the upcoming road game against the Baltimore Ravens. After all, Solder had suffered his second head injury in as many weeks. Even if this second injury is not a concussion, Solder showed a lot of guts by returning to practice today.
We know that Solder’s first head injury turned out to be a concussion, but it only took him a few days to get cleared to play against the Miami Dolphins. As fate would have it, Solder went down in that game with what doctors were calling a “head injury.” That would normally imply a concussion. A player that suffers two concussions in two weeks does not usually get to see the field for at least one week.
It really doesn’t matter if Solder suffered a concussion. Any head injury that he could have suffered following his concussion is cause for concern. As researchers have proven in the past, head trauma can really be detrimental. No NFL doctors want to take a risk with concussions, so it is unclear why Solder returned to practice. What is clear is that Solder is a brave guy.
If Solder’s return to practice is any indication of his status for Sunday then Tom Brady would have a crucial piece to take on the Ravens. Not only is there no depth behind Solder, but he is still seen as one of the best left tackles in the league. Brady needs Solder in the fold, especially considering that Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are up next.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.