The Patriots have announced that left tackle Nate Solder, and wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins will be out tomorrow in Baltimore. Both were listed as questionable in the teams’ initial injury report, leading many to believe (myself included), that they would play on Sunday. Being without Thompkins is not horrible for New England, especially with fellow rookie Aaron Dobson making the trip to Baltimore. Dobson has said throughout this week that he thinks he has a shot to play, and with Thompkins now out, I fully expect him to be active for the Patrios. But losing Nate Solder is killer for the Pats, as keeping Brady upright is the biggest key to beating the Ravens, and no Solder instantly makes that task a lot harder.
Based on what the Patriots did last week in Miami, left guard Logan Mankins will move over to the left tackle position, while Josh Kline will take over the left guard spot. I honestly think that a better option would be to move Marcus Cannon to left tackle, and have Will Svitek play on the right side. Cannon is a serviceable left tackle, and Svitek has already proven that he can man the right side of the line. The Ravens pass rush isn’t nearly as formidable as it has been in past years, but Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil still pack a punch, and playing with Nate Solder could result in Ryan Allen getting a lot more playing time than any of us expected.