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Patriots officially get down to 75 players following series of roster moves 08.30.16 at 6:00 pm ET
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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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RB Dion Lewis, OL Sebastian Vollmer officially placed on PUP to start season at 5:30 pm ET
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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.

[UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: These moves were made official by the team.]

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Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon ready to take ‘long’ road to replace Sebastian Vollmer ‘one brick at a time’ 08.22.16 at 1:30 pm ET
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FOXBORO — These are interesting times for Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon.

The pair of offensive tackles are now front and center on the offensive line with the news over the weekend that Sebastian Vollmer could miss significant time or even the season with a bad hip.

“I love Sebastian,” Solder said. “Whatever he needs or whatever it is, I’ll always be there for him. Sebastian is an awesome guy. He’s one of my best friends. There’s so many things but as a group, we just have to move forward.”

What the Patriots need from Solder and Cannon will be consistency. With Solder slotted at left tackle, Cannon steps into right tackle, a position has had held down since the start of camp since Vollmer has not been able to actively practice at all.

“Wherever they want you to go, they have trust in you and you trust them,” Cannon said. “That’s what it is. If they want you play, that must mean they have trust for you to play in that position, wherever they put me.”

That consistency started to show last Thursday against the Bears with a good effort that produced a solid run game to complement Jimmy Garoppolo, especially in the second quarter.

“I think we definitely made an emphasis of it that week and going forward, there’s a lot of things we need to emphasize and improve on. I think that’s one of the steps where we improved and hopefully, we can continue to improve going forward,” Solder said. “We’ve had some pretty exciting games, I think. I know I’ve been excited to be back in some games. It’s been fun the whole preseason. We’ve taken it pretty seriously.

“There may have been but we’re never satisfied because we have a long ways to go. The way we practice, the way we play, whoever is out there, we’re ready to go. That’s kind of our philosophy on that.”

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Mike Petraglia updates Tom Brady status, injuries of Dion Lewis, Sebastian Vollmer, Shaq Mason 08.21.16 at 3:23 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Sunday was a big day of injury news in Foxboro as Dion Lewis, Sebastian Vollmer and Shaq Mason are all reportedly dealing with injuries. Meanwhile, Tom Brady has been excused for the next two days for what’s being termed “non injury-related” reasons. WEEI’s Mike Petraglia has the details.

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Report: OL Sebastian Vollmer likely to go on injured reserve; OL Shaq Mason has broken hand at 12:25 pm ET
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Sebastian Vollmer

Sebastian Vollmer

The Dion Lewis injury news wasn’t the only bad news the Patriots received on Sunday, as their offensive line is banged up as well.

According to the Boston Globe’s Jim McBride, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is likely heading to injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. He’s currently on PUP.

McBride also reports right guard Shaq Mason has a broken hand and the timetable for his return is unknown.

This explains why Mason didn’t play in Thursday’s second preseason game. Veteran lineman Josh Kline played in his place. With all of these injuries, it would appear the Patriots’ offensive line might look something like this Week 1 (from left-to-right): Nate Solder, Joe Thuney, David Andrews/Bryan Stork, Kline and Marcus Cannon.

It’s important to note with Vollmer and the possibility of injured reserve, the rule has changed this year as teams don’t need to designate a player to return, teams can simply choose a player who’s been on injured reserve for at least six weeks and activate him once he’s healthy enough to play again.

[UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran reports Vollmer is dealing with a hip issue.]

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Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Sebastian Vollmer among those not spotted on field prior to Patriots-Saints 08.11.16 at 7:07 pm ET
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Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

FOXBORO — The following players were not spotted on the field prior to Thursday’s preseason game: wide receiver Julian Edelman, quarterback Tom Brady, wide receiver Chris Hogan, cornerback Logan Ryan, running back D.J. Foster, running back Dion Lewis, running back Donald Brown, safety Nate Ebner, tight end Bryce Williams, defensive end Rob Ninkovich, linebacker Jonathan Freeny, offensive lineman Tre’ Jackson, defensive lineman Frank Kearse, offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper, offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer, wide receiver Danny Amendola and wide receiver Keshawn Martin.

All other players, including Rob Gronkowski, were spotted on the field in full pads warming up. It’s unclear whether or not he plays.

Of the players not spotted, there really weren’t any surprises as most of those players have been held out of practice lately, seemingly nursing injuries.

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Most Important Patriots of 2016: No. 17, Sebastian Vollmer 07.05.16 at 11:45 am ET
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Sebastian Vollmer has been a starter pretty much since he arrived in Foxboro in 2009.  (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vollmer has been a starter pretty much since he arrived in Foxboro in 2009. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

As the countdown to training camp begins later this month, we’re going to take a look at the 20 most important members of the Patriots heading into 2016.

17. Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer

Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 320 pounds
Age: 31 (Turns 32 on July 10)

Resume: Vollmer has managed to build a rep as one of the more underrated members of the New England team since he first arrived as a second-round pick (58th overall) out of the University of Houston in 2009. The big German struggled with injury over the last few years (he played in just six games in 2011 and eight games in 2013), including issues with his back, leg and head. But when he’s been healthy, he’s provided excellent protection for the quarterback — he was a second-team All-Pro in 2010 and a second-team All-NFL offensive tackle (per Pro Football Focus) in 2012 and 2014. Hard to believe, but there are only four players on the roster older than Vollmer, who has come a long way from not being invited to the combine as a college prospect.

Why we ranked him here: As we have argued on several occasions, it is really hard to quantify good offensive line play. Many times, it’s not the best five linemen, but the five who work best as a unit. That being said, it’s hard not to equate a healthy “Seabass” with a successfully New England offense. In short, his veteran status on the roster, his ability — when healthy — to provide excellent protection for the franchise quarterback against the demons who live out there on the edge, as well as his versatility all combine to give him a spot on our list. Last season, after left tackle Nate Solder was lost for the year with a biceps injury, he flipped over to the left side and did as well as could be expected under the circumstances.

One more note in Vollmer’s favor? The drop-off from New England’s starting offensive tackle duo of Vollmer and Solder to the third and fourth guys on the depth chart. If one or both tackles go down, it doesn’t matter how quickly Tom Brady gets rid of the football, it’s going to have a significant impact on the offense. As a result, when it comes to determining overall value, it’s hard to argue against putting him in the Top 20.

Quote: “He’s been such a dependable player for us since he got here. He’s been phenomenal. He’s just a great player, great person, great teammate, always prepared. Football is very important to him, and I love playing with him.” — Brady on Vollmer, 11/4/15

“I think Sebastian has done a good job for us. I think it’s a tough switch. It’s kind of going from doing everything one way – all your footwork and punching and leverage and everything you do and then flipping it over and doing it the exact opposite way. From a technique standpoint, it’s definitely challenging on top of the fact that you’re working with different people on the other side of the line and there’s that timing and being able to see things the same as the person next to you, but it’s a different person and sometimes we all see the same thing just a little bit differently. Getting all that together, it takes time, it takes work, it’s not easy, but I think all that being said, he’s done a great job of making that transition over there the last couple weeks. We’ve really needed him to do that. Sebastian is one of the best teammates, a guy who always puts the team first as much as anybody we have on our team. He’s done that and done a good job of it for having had minimal practice at it, a few training camps and so forth. But he works hard and we’ve definitely been able to maintain a lot of our offensive production, so that’s been good.” — Bill Belichick on Vollmer switching from right tackle to left tackle, 11/2/15

Random note: Vollmer has 10 career playoff starts. That’s tied for fourth on the Patriots current roster with Patrick Chung. They’re behind Brady (31), Devin McCourty and Rob Ninkovich (13 each).

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