A skirmish on the final day of the New York Giants’ mandatory minicamp resulted in prize free-agent acquisition Nate Solder walking away with a limp.
Tensions escalated between defensive tackle Damon Harrison and 2018 second-round pick Will Hernandez on Thursday, with the rookie losing his helmet in the exchange. Harrison reportedly used the helmet to take a swing at the head of Hernandez, without making contact.
While Hernandez was fortunate to escape injury, the 6-foot-8, 314-pound Solder was not. The former New England Patriots left tackle was rolled up on by a teammate during the ensuing melee.
Solder told ESPN.com that his knee “hurt a little bit” while head coach Pat Shurmur said he was “fine.”
Signed to a four-year, $62 million contract, Solder had been a mainstay with the Patriots by starting at least 15 games in six of his seven NFL seasons.
The 30-year-old Solder appeared in four Super Bowls, including a loss to the Giants during his first season in 2011, when he was named to the NFL’s All-Rookie team.
A first-round draft pick out of Colorado in 2011, Solder started 95 of 98 regular-season games and 16 postseason contests for the Patriots.