Fans and writers were getting a little worried at what the Patriots offensive line may look like come Sunday against a good pass rush in Baltimore, but Nate Solder returned to practice on Thursday after missing the entire week’s worth of practices.
Solder suffered a concussion late in the Miami game and veteran Logan Mankins slid over to his spot, while rookie Josh Kline took over Mankins’ spot. At times, the Patriots offensive line gave Brady no time to make anything happen and that won’t cut it if they want to win.
The Dolphins rank first in the league in sacks (51) and that had something to do with the lack of time, but the Ravens aren’t too shabby either as they rank sixth (42). Dumerville has 9.5 sacks while Suggs has nine on the season. The two of them are enough to make any quarterback nervous, but even more so, one without two starting players on its offensive line.
The Patriots also have had Dobson and Thompkins in practice all week long and they are ‘optimistic’ that they can go on Sunday. Josh Boyce suffered an injury late in the Dolphins game so the Patriots will need at least one of them or they will be down to Austin Collie, a banged up Danny Amendola and Julien Edelman, which all virtually do the same thing.
The Patriots can clinch the AFC East with a win on Sunday against the Ravens. The Patriots will practice for the final time on Friday before flying out to Baltimore on Saturday.