What did Tom Brady reveal Tuesday about his plans for his 4-week suspension? Does he really want to play Thursday night against the Giants? WEEI’s Mike Petraglia has the Tuesday report from Foxboro.

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Nate Solder

Nate Solder

Last October was a very tough month for the Solder family.

Nate suffered a biceps injury on Oct. 11 in the Patriots’ game against the Cowboys and then just a few days later, Solder and his wife Lexi learned their three-month old son Hudson was diagnosed with bilateral kidney tumors, or Wilms tumors.

“When we were driving to the hospital, I think we both cried the entire way,” Solder said Tuesday on with Dennis & Callahan, part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. “It probably was a few weeks where we just cried all the time. It was really emotional. It was really hard. The crazy thing, and the weird thing about it was, I got injured the week before the diagnosis. As crazy as it was, the injury was a blessing. I got to be with these guys and go through it without the stress and worry of the season — all those sorts of things.”

Hudson started chemotherapy two days later and since last October he’s undergone 21 chemotherapy treatments. He has them every three weeks now and the plan is for just three more.

Solder discussed how much support he received from his teammates and coach Bill Belichick.

“It was so uplifting the way my teammates have supported us this whole time,” he said. “They were putting together meals for us. They were calling us on a weekly basis. They were reaching out to us and really it went far beyond anything on the football field — just the human element. It’s been so supportive and so moving to have guys like that.”

“Coach Belichick has been amazing,” Solder added. “He really has been amazing. He’s been so supportive with anything we need with Hudson and him reaching out. He even sends me text messages and encouragement all the time.”

After missing the rest of the season last year, Solder is back with the team this season as their starting left tackle. He said football serves as a way to get away from everything going on at home with Hudson and he appreciates the game even more.

“Football has been a release from all the stress from him,” Solder said. “Football was the biggest stress in my life before and now it’s like an escape. It’s fun. I get to kind of take my mind off of things at home and things. I’ve really appreciated and enjoyed it like never before.”

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — The Patriots are now officially down to 75 players.

On Tuesday, the team released offensive lineman Keavon Milton, linebacker Ramon Humber and tight end Steven Scheu.

FOXBORO — The Patriots are now officially down to 75 players.

On Tuesday, the team released offensive lineman Keavon Milton, linebacker Ramon Humber and tight end Steven Scheu.

They also placed offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer and running back Dion Lewis on PUP to start the season. This means they can return following Week 6, but not after Week 11. In Vollmer’s case, it doesn’t look like he will play at all, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Patriots will play their fourth and final preseason game Thursday night against the Giants before rosters need to be cut down to the final 53 players by Saturday.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — It appears the Patriots will officially be without Dion Lewis and Sebastian Vollmer to start the season.

Dion Lewis

Dion Lewis

FOXBORO — It appears the Patriots will officially be without Dion Lewis and Sebastian Vollmer to start the season.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Lewis will start the season on PUP and so will Vollmer, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter added Vollmer is “more likely than not” missing the entire season.

Players on PUP can return following Week 6, but before Week 11.

This is not much of a surprise for either player.

Lewis reportedly needs a “clean-up” surgery on his knee, but involving the ACL he tore last season and Vollmer is reportedly dealing with a number of injuries, including his hip and shoulder.

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Ryan Hannable
Bill Belichick won't be around Tom Brady for about a month starting Saturday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick won’t be around Tom Brady for about a month starting Saturday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Tom Brady didn’t get into what he will be doing during the month away from the team during his Deflategate suspension on Tuesday.

And like Brady, Bill Belichick wasn’t up for talking about what it will be like for him not having Brady around for roughly a month.

Brady did miss the entire 2008 season after tearing his ACL in Week 1, so Belichick and the team have been through something similar in the past, but at least back then he could be at the Gillette Stadium facility.

“I mean it is what it is,” Belichick said. “Like you said, it was that way most of the ’08 season. It’s out of our control. We’re not worried about it, we’re moving forward, control what we can control and do what we can do.”

After this Saturday (Sept. 3), Brady isn’t allowed to be at Gillette Stadium, or communicate with his coaches or teammates until his suspension is over, which is following Week 4 against the Bills (Oct. 2).

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Looking back at the first three preseason games, many have looked into the dynamic between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.

Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo appeared on good terms before last Friday's preseason game. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo appeared on good terms before last Friday’s preseason game. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Looking back at the first three preseason games, many have looked into the dynamic between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.

Brady missed the first preseason game to attend memorial services for a family member. Then, after cutting himself with scissors before the second preseason game, he left the stadium and didn’t stay for the game. Finally, in the third preseason game, at times Brady was sitting by himself on the bench.

Some believe Brady should be helping Garoppolo out in between series’ offering tips, but Bill Belichick appears not to be one of them, as he said all players have a lot on their own plates to be concerned with other players.

It is worth mentioning Belichick noted there’s a difference between being a good example for a younger player and coaching up that younger player.

“I think veteran players can be a good example for younger players in terms of their preparation, and their attitude, and their work ethic, and the way they go about things,” Belichick said. “We have a lot of guys that I would put in that category that when you watch them do things they do them right and it’s easy to say to a younger player ‘Do what that guy does’, and you’d be off to a good start.

“But you know, that being said, I think everybody on the team, really their number one focus is to get ready to play football. Our players aren’t coaches, they’re players, and they need to get ready to play, and as I said, I think every player needs to get ready to play. I don’t care how long you’ve been in the league, I don’t care what position you play, I don’t care how long you’ve coached, I don’t care what positon you coach. We haven’t done it for a long time, a number of months, and now we all need to sharpen those skills up. That’s every player, that’s every coach, so I don’t really think players have a lot of time to run around and be telling everybody else what to do.

“Honestly, there is enough that all of them need to work on individually, and that would be every single player, that’s a full plate for them. I don’t really think that’s their job, and I don’t think any player has enough time to do that because they all have things that they need to do to prepare for the season. But as far as being a good example and doing things right and all of that, I mean we have a lot of guys that fall into that category and that’s definitely a good thing. But, you know, that’s what they should be doing.”

With Brady’s four-game suspension, beginning Saturday, he isn’t allowed at the Gillette Stadium facility, nor to have contact with his teammates until after Week 4. Until then, Garoppolo will assume the starting quarterback role.

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots have released linebacker Ramon Humber, per a league source.

Humber 29, was signed in the offseason after spending the last six seasons with the Saints. Last year he had 29 tackles and a sack, but was a core special teams player.

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Christopher Price