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Mankins, Vollmer among six on Patriots PUP list

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Two projected starters on the Patriots offensive line aren’t physically ready for the start of training camp.

Left guard Logan Mankins is still rehabbing his torn ACL and won’t be on the field when the Patriots open camp on Thursday. He had surgery to repair the injury after the Super Bowl loss in February and reports varied on when he would be ready to return. He’ll be placed on the active PUP list, according to ESPNBoston.com and other outlets, which means he will count against the 90-man roster limit and can be activated at any point before the season. Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is also going to be on the sideline when camp gets going because of a back injury.

The Patriots have Nate Solder slotted in to replace the retired Matt Light at left tackle and it would be helpful for cohesiveness if the Pats could get their starting line on the field at the same time as much as possible during camp. Although the Patriots are deep enough to make do with a brief absence from either of their starters, a constant shuffling of bodies along the line isn’t the ideal way to prepare for the regular season.

Mankins and Vollmer will be joined on the PUP list by four teammates. Linebacker Brandon Spikes, defensive tackle Myron Pryor, tight end Daniel Fells and tight end Jake Ballard will also be on the list, with Ballard already ticketed for injured reserve after he suffered a serious knee injury against the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Rob Gronkowski, a tight end of a bit more immediate relevance, will not be placed on the PUP list. That should mean his ankle is well enough for him to start practice with the rest of the Patriots later this week.

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9 Responses to “Mankins, Vollmer among six on Patriots PUP list”
  1. robertocfg says: Jul 24, 2012 9:01 AM

    Vollmer is a great tackle, but you have to wonder if he Patriots will keep him after his rookie deal is over. If healthy he’s an All-Pro lineman, but he spends way too much time injured. I’d rather have a more reliable and consistent played even if he’s not that talented. So much patching on the O-Line will affect any team.

  2. PFTiswhatitis says: Jul 24, 2012 9:18 AM

    Spikes is a starter on the injury list.

  3. homelanddefense says: Jul 24, 2012 9:22 AM

    The Volmer thing scares me. This is a chronic back problem going back to college, and now this is the 3rd season where he will miss some time due to this. Without Light they really cant afford to have this guy miss significant time.

  4. rc33 says: Jul 24, 2012 9:30 AM

    You start to wonder if Vollmer’s ever gonna be healthy again. He’s only 27 but it seems like its one thing after another with this guy. And after a full off season he’s still not Training Camp ready.
    Then again, N.E. didn’t use draft picks or free agent signings on O.T.’s so maybe they know something and this all just precautionary.

  5. joetoronto says: Jul 24, 2012 9:44 AM

    If Solder is starting at LT, Brady better shorten his drops.

  6. binkystevens says: Jul 24, 2012 10:04 AM

    Its all good. Brady doesn’t really need a good offensive line since he’s so mobile and athletic.

  7. jolink653 says: Jul 24, 2012 10:33 AM

    I think Vollmer is probably out after this year with BB looking to the draft for a replacement…The guy is great at the tackle spot when he’s healthy but he always comes down with these back injuries which you have to figure will also be an issue this year…I hope he can stay healthy because it makes the line that much better but I’m not holding my breath

  8. pftwstbshmc says: Jul 24, 2012 11:18 AM

    Vollmer is a beast, looks great on paper and when healthy has the potential to be one of the best the league has ever had. But that’s only when he is healthy. The team took a risk bringing him in because of his past. It was hoped that they would be able to strengthen his back an minimize his issues there. That doesn’t look like it will happen. It’s too bad, I like the guy, but I don’t see him being here after this season.

    Besides Ballard the other players will most likely be playing at the start of the regular season if not before and at a high level.

    This team has a lot going for them and the only thing I see stopping them is injuries. Should be a good year.

  9. mullman7675 says: Jul 24, 2012 12:22 PM

    Vollmer is OK and Solder has the potential to be good, even very good.

    Neither one will have the career that Jared Veldheer is going to have. The Pro Bowl will be a commom theme in his career, hopefully a couple of SB rings as well.

    Another gem of a pick by the late, great Al Davis (RIP).

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