By: Jeff Kane
Starting left tackle Nate Solder has been lost for the season with a torn biceps. Solder in his fifth year out of Colorado has been playing very well this season. He left Sunday’s game versus the Cowboys with what was called an elbow injury. The loss of Solder is a blow to the New England offensive line who has played at a high level to this point in the season.
With Solder leaving Sunday’s game early, Marcus Cannon took the majority of the snaps at left tackle. Cannon played effectively in the second half of the game. Bringing Cannon in as the starter is not as big of a step as one might think, as he has played in 49% of the snaps this season. Many fans complained when Cannon was given a two year contract extension last season, can now see the long range forecast that the Patriots are famous for. If Cannon is not resigned the Patriots might be up you know what creak without a paddle, trying to find someone to cover Tom Brady’s blind side.
The Patriots still have second year tackle Cameron Flemming on the practice squad and could bring him up to take Solder’s place. Flemming had a good first season as a sixth offensive lineman in running sets. The Patriots will be alright.