Patriots place left tackle Nate Solder on injured reserve
Jim McBride of The Boston Globe first reported the news. The injury will require surgery, McBride adds.
Solder was injured during the first half of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys and replaced by veteran backup Marcus Cannon. Solder told reporters after the game that it was “too hard to tell” how severe the injury was. He said Monday that there was “nothing wrong with my elbow.”
Solder has been charged with protecting Tom Brady’s blind side since he replaced longtime left tackle Matt Light in 2012. He has only missed one game in the past three seasons.
Brady was sacked five times in Sunday’s game, including twice by Greg Hardy. One of Hardy’s sacks came when he beat Solder, the other when he blew by Cannon.
Four of New England’s five offensive linemen have started every game this year. The team has been without last year’s starting center, Brian Stork, all season due to a concussion. Stork is on injured reserve with the designation to return.
- Dan Gartland