NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas
The New England Patriots had to shuffle the deck during Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The change came following a 3rd-and-3 pass play with 14:04 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Patriots left tackle Nate Solder caught a knee to the helmet after his block sent him to the ground.
The pass ultimately gained six yards and kept New England’s offense on the field. But the 2011 first-round pick was forced to exit.
Solder left for the sidelines to speak with team doctor Thomas Gill and members of the training staff. He did not return.
It was a concussion for Solder, the 25-year-old’s second diagnosed concussion in eight days and the fourth in three seasons. Yet at the time of its occurrence, all head coach Bill Belichick and Co. could do was replace the 6’8”, 320-pounder.
New England elected to do so with five-time All-Pro left guard Logan Mankins. And when Mankins moved over, undrafted rookie guard Josh Kline moved into his place. (more…)