Vollmer practices in pads, Gronkowski sits out

Bill Belichick was once again in a conversational, relaxed mood at his Monday press conference. He even willingly gave out injury information.

Belichick revealed that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not practice because of his high ankle sprain. This was expected after Florio’s report that Gronkowski likely won’t practice all week long.

Tackle Sebastian Vollmer did practice. He said Vollmer had a cast removed after the Broncos game and that he was close to playing against the the Ravens. It’s a “possibility” Vollmer will be active and play against the Giants.

Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe points out that Vollmer would be effective against Justin Tuck’s power game, while rookie Nate Solder does better against speed.

The Patriots practiced in full pads once again Monday. They were in full pads last Thursday as well.  Our friend Tom Curran asked Belichick why they practiced in pads.  Belichick said they thought that gave them the best chance to win.

Curran’s response: “That’s . . . solid logic.”

Okay, maybe Belichick wasn’t that relaxed.

13 responses to “Vollmer practices in pads, Gronkowski sits out

  1. Would love to see Vollmer out there. He is a quality lineman and the Pats need that depth on the OL to counter the Giants’ fearsome rush.

    As for Gronk, I hope he rests all week, then charges out onto the field ready to abuse the Jints’ mediocre LBs and DBs.

    Expect a great game. GO PATS!

  2. Maybe it’s wishful thinking because I’m a Giants fan, but I think people who think Gronk will be “fine” should see how Big Ben did playing with a high ankle sprain….

  3. Good to have Seabass back for the SB.

    Gronk will be fine. Rest is most important. Gronk feels no pain !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. nedhigginssports says:
    Jan 30, 2012 5:08 PM
    Maybe it’s wishful thinking because I’m a Giants fan, but I think people who think Gronk will be “fine” should see how Big Ben did playing with a high ankle sprain….

    For the nth time, it doesn’t mean anything. There isn’t just one kind of high ankle sprain. It’s not like tearing an ACL. There are multiple grades of this injury and players respond to them differently.

    Some high ankle sprains are healed in 2-3 days, and some take as long as 6 months. Unless you’re Gronk’s doctor, there is no point in comparing him to Roethlisberger, Dwight Freeney, or any other athlete who’s played on an ankle sprain.

  5. 2dollarpbrs says:
    Jan 30, 2012 5:36 PM
    Vollmer is a Beast
    Yeah, he’s gotta be rusty as heck, though. It’s been a while.

  6. No high ankle sprains are healed in 2-3 days. NONE. Stop drinking ko aid. Typical 4-8 weeks. 3 would be fast and 2 would be a miracle. He will play that’s a given but to expect more than 70% or so is grasping. I would say if he is truly a fast healer then 70% would be best case scenario but even at that he will be enough to worry about.

  7. Don’t forget he probably wont run on it or test it at full speed until game day after a shot so no one will really know until a couple hours until kick off and maybe not until an hour so so before, not even him since he won’t have tested it fully.

  8. Gronk should be useful, but he won’t be 100%. If Vollmer is ready, that’s a big help for Brady. Pats need all the help they can get to counter the Giants’ pass rush. Great game in store.

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