Oct 7, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder (77) during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Broncos 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Practice Report: Nate Solder, Josh Boyce Missing

Dec 15, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Boyce (82) catches a pass as Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) defends the play during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots have begun preparations for this weeks’ game in Baltimore, as the first practice report of the week has been filed. Left tackle Nate Solder (head), and wide receiver Josh Boyce (ankle) were the only missing players, which is good news for a team that has been extremely banged up this entire year.

With that being said, Solder suffering his second concussion of the season is not good, not only for the remainder of this year, but for the rest of his career. He protects Brady’s blind side, and when he was out for the majority of the fourth quarter last week in Miami, the Pats offensive line definitely struggled.

The best news coming out of Foxboro today was rookie receivers Aaron Dobson, and Kenbrell Thompkins being present at practice. Both of these guys have missed a lot of game time over the last couple of weeks, and it has really hurt the Patriots offense. With Rob Gronkowski out for the year, getting these two taller receivers back will help their ability to be effective in the red zone, a place that cost them a win against the Dolphins.

New England Patriots Practice Report

Out:

Nate Solder

Josh Boyce

Limited:

Tom Brady

Danny Amendola

Dane Fletcher

Aaron Dobson

Kenbrell Thompkins

Aqib Talib

Will Svitek

Brandon Spikes

Michael Hoomanwanaui

Steve Gregory

Alfonzo Dennard

Marcus Cannon

Kyle Arrington

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