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Report: Nate Solder to miss spring workouts after ankle surgery

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Veteran left tackle expected to be ready for training camp

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New York Giants starting left tackle Nate Solder will miss spring workouts following arthroscopic ankle surgery to clean out bone spurs, per a report from Ian Rapoport.

The surgery, per Rapoport, is “not considered major” and the veteran left tackle is expected to be ready for training camp.

Solder had an up and down season in 2018, his first with the Giants after signing a gargantuan four-year, $62 million contract that — at the time — made him the NFL’s highest-paid left tackle. After a slow start, he allowed only one sack over his final seven games and only seven for the entire season.

What will be interesting is to see who lines up at left tackle during the spring. That will give us an indication who the Giants view as their potential swing tackle for 2019.

With Mike Remmers signed, best guess is that former starting right tackle Chad Wheeler slides into Solder’s spot. A natural left tackle, Wheeler is the logical candidate on the current roster for the role of swing tackle, a player with some experience who could fill in on either side.