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Patriots receive timely injury boost

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New England Patriots have been handed a timely injury boost after Nate Solder returned to practice on Thursday, reports

The 25-year-old left tackle suffered a concussion in Sunday's 20-24 defeat to the Miami Dolphins - for the second consecutive week - and sat out Wednesday's session as a precaution.

Head coach Bill Belichick was ready to recall Logan Mankins to his starting lineup for the upcoming clash against the Baltimore Ravens, but will now be able to field a full strength Patriots side, following Solder's comeback.

Victory for the Patriots at the Gillette Stadium this weekend will help the Boston-based franchise clinch the AFC East division crown.

Solder has been a rock for the Patriots in 43 starts over the past three seasons, and his 1,030 snaps this year lead all players at his position. He also ranks as the league's eighth best tackle per Pro Football Focus.

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