Patriots won’t have Kenbrell Thompkins or Nate Solder vs. Ravens


Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder (77) in action against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals need the Baltimore Ravens to lose to the New England Patriots tomorrow if they want to have a shot at winning the AFC North when they play the Minnesota

The Bengals – Vikings game will end around 4:30 p.m. when the Ravens and Patriots are kicking-off, and if Cincinnati wins their matchup, then they could clinch the division if Baltimore loses at home, which is looking less likely now that two key Pats have been ruled out for Sunday:

After suffering a concussion in the team’s  Week 15 loss vs. the Miami Dolphins, Solder was replaced in the lineup by guard Logan Mankins. Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick suggested Wednesday that Mankins would step into the left tackle spot again this week against the Ravens if Solder remained sidelined.

Solder also suffered a concussion in the game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13.

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