The New England Patriots will face a daunting task on Sunday, traveling to M&T Bank Stadium where they will take on a Ravens team that has won two of the previous three meetings. With the seemingly constant wave of injuries this team has managed to deal with throughout the season, the margin for error looks to be shrinking yet again, as it is unlikely that starting left tackle Nate Solder will get the go-ahead to suit up.
Solder sat out Wednesday's practice and missed the majority of the Miami game with what has been diagnosed as another concussion. Having sustained a concussion just a week prior versus the Cleveland Browns, Solder has an uphill battle to pass the league's mandatory concussion protocol testing before Sunday's game. In the likely event that he is held out of action, pro-bowl guard Logan Mankins is the leading candidate to assume the role of protecting Tom Brady's blindside.
Rookie wideout Josh Boyce was the only other player to miss the entirety of Wednesday's practice, though a whopping 13 players were officially listed as limited. That list includes fellow rookie receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, who have missed the past five games between the two of them.
Also limited were key contributors in New England's secondary. Aqib Talib continues to nurse a nagging hip injury, and starting cornerbacks Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington are dealing with knee and groin injuries, respectively.
Solder's injury status bears watching not just this week, but heading into the postseason as well. Prior to his head injury against Cleveland, the number crunchers at Pro Football Focus had him rated as the top left tackle in the NFL.
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