Solder: I'm absolutely ready to go

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Solder: I'm absolutely ready to go

Considering that starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer's status for Monday night's game is in question, Nate Solder could find himself playing a big role under the bright lights in Miami.

If Vollmer's back injury keeps him out of the Patriots season-opener, Solder would be the next man in at right tackle. That means Solder's first NFL game could be spent trying to block the Dolphins' sack specialist Cameron Wake, who had 14 sacks last season.

Solder said on Friday that he's ready for the challenge.

Im absolutely ready to go, Solder told reporters. Whatever situation Im put in, its because the coaches have confidence for me to be in there, and Im happy to be there.

It seemed as though Solder knew as much as the rest of the world when it came to Vollmer's injury. If the coaches had a conversation with him about playing a lot of right tackle in Vollmer's absence, he did a good job of keeping it quiet.

I dont know exactly whats going to go on with that, Solder said, Im going to play wherever I need to play.

Belichick was equally mum on the subject of Vollmer's status.

However it is listed, thats what it is, Belichick said. Whatever he is able to do, well list him based on what he is able to do this week on the injury report on Saturday, I guess it is. As we have information, well give it to you.

Though he says he's ready, Solder knows that there's still work to do before Monday night.

I still think its just a process, Solder said. Weve been working on a lot of things this week, a lot of things are going in. Its just a building process for me. Im just one cog of this wheel, ya know?

Brady legal team granted 14-day extension

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Brady legal team granted 14-day extension

Tom Brady’s legal team, including recent hire former US Solictor General Ted Olson, have been granted the extension they were seeking for the deadline to file for a rehearing in the Deflategate case. 

Despite the NFL’s opposition - lawyers for the league requested Monday that the motion be denied - the court ruled Tuesday in favor of the NFLPA and Brady. They now have until May 23 to file the request for a rehearing or rehearing en banc with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which last week reinstated his four-game Deflategate suspension.

Once Team Brady makes the request, the court still has to agree to take up the case again. And while many legal experts speculate the odds of that happening are low, this case has continued to confound observers as it has played out.