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Patriots downgrade Solder and Thompkins

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  December 21, 2013 08:02 PM

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BALTIMORE - The Patriots have announced that left tackle Nate Solder (concussion) and wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) have been downgraded to out and will not play against Baltimore on Sunday.

Solder suffered his second concussion in as many games last week against Miami, when he took a shot to the head in the fourth quarter from the Dolphins' Cameron Wake. He did not practice Wednesday but did return Thursday and Friday, both on a limited basis.

With Solder out, the Patriots will be shuffling their offensive line.

In Miami, Logan Mankins was kicked to tackle from his customary guard spot, with rookie Josh Kline stepping in at guard. New England could also have veteran Will Svitek start at tackle and keep Mankins at guard, or perhaps even have Marcus Cannon, who has been starting at right tackle, flip to left and have Svitek play right.

Thompkins was injured in the win over the Texans on Dec. 1. Though he has been practicing, he has not played in a game since. The rookie said Friday that he was taking things day-by-day, and wasn't sure if he'd be making his return against Baltimore.

However, Aaron Dobson (foot) did make the trip, a good sign that the wide receiver could play for the first time since suffering his injury against Denver on Nov. 24.

New England declared its third rookie receiver, Josh Boyce, out on Friday with an ankle injury. He was hurt against Miami.

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