Back problems have bothered Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer for much of his football career, and those problems are continuing.
Vollmer isn’t expected to participate in the Patriots’ minicamp that starts today because of his ailing back. He had a “small procedure” on his back after the Super Bowl, a source tells Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe.
It’s not clear exactly what the current problem with Vollmer’s back is, but any type of surgical procedure has to be a concern for Vollmer, who missed the entire 2006 season at the University of Houston because of a back injury. Vollmer also dealt with back issues for all of 2011.
The 6-foot-8, 315-pound Vollmer has also been affected by ankle injuries, and his inability to stay healthy has to be a concern for the Patriots. The retirement of Matt Light gives New England less depth at offensive tackle, and Vollmer is a player they’re counting on to be a consistent, healthy starter. Vollmer hasn’t been consistently healthy so far in his career, and he’s not healthy now, either.