The early word on the injury Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer’s suffered during last Sunday’s loss against the Jets was that he was dealing with a sprained ankle and had an MRI scheduled for early this week.
It appears tests didn’t reveal anything more serious for Vollmer. Tom Curran of CSN New England reports that Vollmer avoided a severe injury and that he should be back in the lineup for the playoffs, although he is expected to miss Week 17 while he recuperates.
Vollmer’s return would be a good thing for a Patriots offensive line that has shuffled its pieces all season. Vollmer was originally the starter at right tackle, but flipped to the other side after Nate Solder was lost for the season with a torn bicep.
LaAdrian Waddle replaced Vollmer last Sunday in his first appearance for New England since being claimed off of waivers from the Lions. Waddle needed replacing later in the game when he hurt his shoulder, leaving Cameron Fleming on Tom Brady’s blind side for the final minutes of the game.