Solder back at practice, Dobson (foot) missing

Solder back at practice, Dobson (foot) missing
December 12, 2013, 11:15 am
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots offensive line welcomed back Nate Solder to practice on Thursday after the left tackle missed Wednesday's session with a concussion.

Rookie receiver Aaron Dobson was missing from the sweats-and-shells practice with a foot injury, but otherwise all Patriots were present.

Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, who returned to practice on Wednesday after missing time due to an ankle injury suffered against Denver last month, looked to be moving well through the team's stretching/warmup period.

Solder was used on special teams on New England's field goal defense on the final play of the game against the Browns last Sunday, presumably to use his 6-foot-8 frame to try to block Cleveland kicker Billy Cundiff's 58-yard attempt at a game-winning field goal that fell short. It's unknown, however, as to whether or not Solder suffered a concussion on that final play.

The Patriots were back inside the Dana-Farber Field House for the second straight day of practice on Thursday. With temperatures hovering in the mid-20s and winds gusting through Foxboro, the bubble's controlled climate was able to better simulate the kinds of conditions the Patriots might face in Miami on Sunday.