Gronkowski, Solder missing from Patriots practice


FOXBORO -- The Patriots were missing a pair of offensive starters at the start of Thursday's practice. 

Both tight end Rob Gronkowski and left tackle Nate Solder were not present at the media availability portion of the fully-padded session. 

Gronkowski missed Wednesday's practice due to a chest injury he suffered in Sunday night's loss to the Seahawks. He remained in the game and was the team's primary option during its final offensive play of the game. He also spoke to reporters following the game, but on Monday it was reported that he was dealing with an injury that could keep him out of one game. 

Solder has not been on the injury report recently. Should he miss any time, the Patriots would likely turn to backup tackle Cameron Fleming, who has started two games thus far this season -- once in place of Solder on the left side and once in place of Cannon. 

Also absent from Thursday's session was rookie defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton.

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