BOSTON (CBS) – Former Patriots linebacker Rosevelt Colvin joined the Toucher and Rich show Friday morning and expressed concern for the health of left tackle Nate Solder.
The man responsible for protecting Tom Brady’s blindside suffered his second concussion in as many weeks, adding to a growing list of head injuries that dates back to his rookie year.
Colvin is worried about the big man’s long term health and how it’ll affect the Patriots going forward.
“These concussion things are a serious issue. It’s not something that’s just going to go away – concussions just don’t go away in a week. It takes a couple weeks to get over it,” said Colvin.
Solder’s status for Sunday against Baltimore is up in the air. If he can’t go, left guard Logan Mankins will have to slide over to tackle the same way he did in the Miami game when Solder went down.
Mankins played left tackle in college and was a serviceable replacement against the Dolphins, but he’s more of a natural left guard and could struggle against the Ravens elite pass rushers in Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs.
However, Colvin thinks Mankins is “athletic enough and experienced enough” to get the job done against Baltimore.
Ryan Johnston and Mike Flynn filled in for a vacationing Toucher & Rich, and Colvin told them that Patriots fans should be grateful they have Dante Scarnecchia on their side.
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“It doesn’t hurt to have one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL in Dante Scarnecchia – just scheming up different things that give guys a little bit of rest or gives guys a little bit of help.”
“If Logan has to [play left tackle] they’ll accommodate that by different play calls and play styles because the Patriots will know going into the game,” said Colvin.
Good news though: after missing practice on Wednesday, Solder was back on the practice field Thursday during media availability.
However, it’s unknown what his level of participation was.
Listen to the full discussion below: