Despite some rumblings of retirement, pending free agent Nate Solder plans to continue playing football, sources tell Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald (on Twitter). Howe adds that the left tackle’s reps have yet to start negotiations with the Patriots, though there are still about two weeks to go before the start of free agency.

There was some belief that Solder could walk away from the game after dealing with tremendous hardship in recent years. In 2014, Solder was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Fortunately, the cancer did not spread and doctors were able to remove the testicle. Then, in 2015, Solder’s son was diagnosed with kidney cancer at just three months ago. He is still undergoing chemotherapy.