BOSTON (CBS) – Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe was a guest of the Toucher and Rich show on Tuesday morning and expressed concern for the unit responsible for protecting quarterback Tom Brady.
Nate Solder is believed to have suffered his second concussion in as many weeks this past Sunday and his status for the Baltimore game is uncertain.
“He suffered a concussion during the playoffs last year so he’s had a couple in under a years time, so that’s obviously something to keep an eye on. Guys all rebound differently from them, there really is no diagnosis,” said Shalise.
“It’s a fine line. As we know now, you’re not just taking a guy’s short term future into your hands, but also a guy’s long term future if you rush him.”
The situation was so dire against the Dolphins that All Pro left guard Logan Mankins had to slide over to left tackle.
This Patriots team has already endured its fair share of injuries and if Tom Brady were to go down you can just kiss the season goodbye. Keeping Brady upright and healthy is paramount, especially going up against a feared defensive unit like the Ravens.
What will the offensive line look like this Sunday if Nate Solder can’t go?
Probably similar to how it looked against Miami when Solder couldn’t return, according to Manza Young.
“Marcus Cannon it looked like [against the Dolphins] he was on a rotation with Will Svitek at right tackle coming back from his ankle injury. Svitek has dealt on and off this season with injuries of his own so neither one of them are one hundred percent. Logan Mankins at left tackle. Josh Kline, the undrafted rookie that’s been with the team most of this season on the practice squad, he was the one who slid in at left guard…”
“Lets be honest, the offensive line wasn’t having the best season even before these injuries came. They’re not going to go anywhere without a healthy Tom Brady – it’s crucial now.”
Listen below for Shalise’s thoughts on the defense and how this team stacks up to the Ravens: