|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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|Report: Sebastian Vollmer to have surgery on right leg Monday||10.28.13 at 3:01 pm ET|
Sebastian Vollmer is scheduled to have surgery to repair a broken bone in his right leg on Monday, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. The right tackle, who has been a starter for the Patriots since he arrived as a rookie in 2009, went down in the first half of Sunday’s win over Miami. He was replaced by Marcus Cannon, who will likely play a sizable role down the stretch as a result of Vollmer’s injury.
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|Sebastian Vollmer suffers gruesome leg injury, out of game||10.27.13 at 2:24 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Patriots starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer suffered a gruesome right leg injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.
During a Stevan Ridley run play to the right, Vollmer had his legs rolled up on by a pile and he immediately went to the ground screaming and yelling.
He was face down before Patriots medical staff raced on the field to tend to him. Vollmer slammed his right hand to the turf and had his right leg placed in an air cast before being carted off the field.
The Patriots announced it as a right leg injury and he would not return.
Marcus Cannon came on to replace Vollmer at right tackle for the rest of the game.
For the Dolphins, wide receiver Brandon Gibson, who caught the first touchdown of the day from Ryan Tannehill, left in the first quarter with a right knee injury. Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported that a season-ending ACL tear is feared.
|Sebastian Vollmer, Kyle Arrington on M&M: ‘We had a good feeling it wasn’t going to be over’||10.14.13 at 12:02 pm ET|
Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer and defensive back Kyle Arrington joined Mut & Merloni on Monday morning to talk about Sunday’s thrilling 30-27 victory over the Saints.
Vollmer, a five-year veteran, has seen Tom Brady engineer comebacks before, but this one was something special.
“It definitely doesn’t get old,” Vollmer said. “While you’re in it, while the drive is going on, you can’t think about anything else but doing your job, but just looking back, you don’t want to have anybody else behind you, orchestrating that drive. We have all the trust in the world, he’s done it so many times in his career, and once again yesterday. There’s no doubt, I don’t want anybody else in there.”
Vollmer said the players did not lose hope after squandering a couple of opportunities late.
“We had a pretty good feeling we would get the ball back,” Vollmer said. “Our defense was playing good; they gave us the ball back three times. So, we had confidence and we knew we had to deliver. I think that’s what it was, everybody concentrating on their job and going through what you had practiced before, knowing what’s probably going to come and what you have to do. I think we were all quite confident, and we knew we had a chance.”
The Saints celebrated after stopping the Patriots twice inside the final three minutes, but Vollmer said he thought his team would get another opportunity to pull out the win.
“I saw [the Saints celebrating] a little bit while I was walking off the field, but I think we all knew — at least we had strong feelings about it — that we were going to get the ball back. Luckily, we did,” Vollmer said. “We had a good feeling it wasn’t going to be over then.”
That chance came because the Patriots defense continued to play stellar football, even with the loss of some more key players (Aqib Talib, Jerod Mayo) to injury.
“Hopefully we can continue to ride this momentum,” Arrington said. “Definitely a great win. That was a heck of a football team that we played yesterday. The goal from this point is to improve every week, and we’ll take it from there.”
Added Arrington: “We play for each other. We have such a great group of guys. It’s not about yourself. Everyone understands, it’s all about the team and what’s best for the team. Everybody understands just what their job is, and then they’re working as hard as they can to get that done.”
|Sebastian Vollmer on M&M: Patriots have ‘got to keep going’ after Vince Wilfork injury||09.30.13 at 12:53 pm ET|
Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer joined Mut & Merloni to discuss the team’s 30-23 win over the Falcons on Sunday and the reported season-ending injury to defensive lineman Vince Wilfork.
Wilfork reportedly tore his Achilles tendon in the first quarter at the Georgia Dome.
“I truly don’t know what the injury is,” Vollmer said. “You don’t want to see anybody get hurt, and obviously he ended up hurting himself. It was tough, but you’ve got to keep going.”
An Achilles tear generally takes 6-9 months for recovery, meaning Wilfork would miss the remainder of the season.
“He’s been here for quite a while, playing at a high level every year,” Vollmer said. “Absolutely he’s a phenomenal player but also just a great teammate and a great leader.”
Vollmer and the Patriots offensive line protected Tom Brady well, as New England’s quarterback was not sacked and Atlanta recorded just two quarterback hits.
In addition, the line led way for a potent running game. The Patriots rushed for 132 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries. LeGarrette Blount led the team with 64 yards on nine carries, including a 47-yard touchdown scamper at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Stevan Ridley chipped in with 53 yards on 11 carries, and Brandon Bolden accumulated 17 yards on six rushes.
New England ran the ball 10 straight times on its first touchdown drive that culminated with a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Matthew Mulligan.
“I’m not a play-caller, but I guess we tried to go with whatever works,” said Vollmer. “You don’t want to be one-dimensional and get stuffed every time, but if you can do the same thing and end up with a touchdown, I’ll take that any day.”
|Report: Sebastian Vollmer ‘likely to play’ as a game-time decision||09.28.13 at 6:32 pm ET|
There is some good news on the injury front for the Patriots as starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer made the trip with the team and is expected to play, according to a report from the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian.
Vollmer sustained a sprained foot in the first half of last Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers and was replaced by Marcus Cannon to start the second half.
Vollmer did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but returned to practice on Friday with his left foot heavily taped. He was listed as limited on Friday’s injury report and was labelled as “questionable” for Sunday night in Atlanta.
Per source, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer made the trip to Atlanta. Is "likely" to play. Should be a game-time decision
— Karen Guregian (@kguregian) September 28, 2013
|Bill Belichick on Marcus Cannon: ‘He’s come a long way’||09.27.13 at 11:58 am ET|
FOXBORO — After returning to practice Friday morning with heavy white tape on his left foot, Sebastian Vollmer may or may not start at right tackle for the Patriots Sunday night in Atlanta.
If his foot injury keeps him out of the game, the Patriots, as they did in the second half last Sunday, will turn to Marcus Cannon and feel confident that the third year player out of Texas Christian will be able to handle the work load.
That wasn’t always the case.
On Friday, Bill Belichick said Cannon has not only overcome a non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis before the 2011 NFL draft, Cannon has learned how to become a versatile offensive lineman – a requirement of most lineman who don’t have a regular starting role.
“Pass and run blocking, guard and tackle, left tackle, both guards, right tackle. I mean, he really played right tackle only his first year and a lot of that his second year,” Belichick said. “Last year [substituted] for Sebastian a little bit more; his rookie year at the end of the season, right tackle. He’s also worked for us some at left tackle: when [Nate Solder] went to tight end very early in the season, some of those packages. He’s done a lot of different things for us. I don’t think he could have done those his first year. He’s come a long way since then.
“His rookie year he missed over half the year and just kind of started in the middle of the year. Last year, he had a much better start to the season and it carried over. This year, he’s improved on his versatility. He’s played inside as well as tackle and also some other goal-line situations, things like that, he’s done some of that; getting involved in the kickoff return and the wedge and those types of things. I think his game has expanded from a versatility standpoint and also just from experience.”
Cannon kept it low-key in talking about his new opportunity.
“I’m nowhere where I need to be yet,” Cannon said with a great deal of humility. “I’m improving every day, trying to get better every day, work harder every day to do what’s necessary to please the team and help us win. Every day there is improvement but there’s still a lot of improvement to go, have to take it every day step by step and work harder to improve more.”
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