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Patriots place Sebastian Vollmer on season-ending injured reserve

10.29.13 at 6:18 pm ET

The Patriots placed Sebastian Vollmer on injured reserve Tuesday, which means the 2013 season has come to an end for the right tackle. Vollmer suffered a right leg injury in the first half of Sunday’s win over the Dolphins, and was replaced in the lineup by Marcus Cannon. He underwent surgery on the leg early this week.

Vollmer becomes the third high-profile member of the Patriots to land on season-ending injured reserve — defensive lineman Vince Wilfork and linebacker Jerod Mayo were lost to injury earlier in the year.

The 29-year-old Vollmer, a second-round pick out of Houston in 2009, has been a starter for the Patriots since he arrived as a rookie — the 6-foot-8, 320-pound German has played in 59 of a possible 72 games with New England. A free agent this past offseason. he signed a four-year, $17 million deal to return to the Patriots, and was playing some of the best football of his career before the injury — Pro Football Focus had him graded as the second-best right tackle over the first eight games of the 2013 season.

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