New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder, who is dealing with a concussion for the second straight week, and rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) did not travel with the team to Baltimore on Saturday and were ruled out for the team's Week 16 game against the Ravens.
Solder missed Wednesday's practice before returning on both Thursday and Friday on a limited basis, the same pattern he followed leading up to Week 15, during which he was a game-time decision but did play against the Miami Dolphins. He was forced out of that game early in the fourth quarter after appearing to be kneed near the head.
The Patriots used standout left guard Logan Mankins to replace Solder last weekend, sliding rookie Josh Kline into Mankins' normal left guard spot. It's unclear how the Patriots will construct their offensive line Sunday, with veteran Will Svitek a potential option as a starter. Svitek has played both tackle spots and guard during his career but is currently dealing with an ankle injury that has limited him in recent weeks.
Mankins is a former college left tackle at Fresno State, though the Patriots drafted him to play adjacent to longtime left tackle Matt Light.
Sunday will mark the first game Solder has missed in his career. He played all over the line as a rookie in 2011 before settling into his left tackle role following Light's retirement during the 2012 offseason.
Thompkins, meanwhile, will miss his third straight game after landing awkwardly during a Week 13 matchup with the Houston Texans. He has practiced on a limited basis since sustaining the injury.
Fellow rookie wideout Josh Boyce (ankle) was previously ruled out for Sunday's game, while Aaron Dobson (foot) did travel and has a chance to suit up on Sunday after missing three straight games himself.
A win on Sunday in Baltimore, or a loss by the Dolphins to the Bills, would clinch the Patriots' fifth straight AFC East title.