It’s not a great morning for injury news concerning the Patriots.
Running back Dion Lewis reportedly needs another surgery on his knee and Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports that right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is likely headed to injured reserve. Vollmer is currently on the physically unable to perform list with an undisclosed injury.
The move wouldn’t mean Vollmer is out for the entire season as teams can bring one player back from injured reserve each season. A rule change this year means that they do not need to designate that player at the time he goes on I.R. as was the case in past seasons. The team could keep him on the PUP list, leaving him ineligible to play or practice for the first six weeks, so going the I.R. route might indicate they believe he’ll be out for a longer period of time.
Marcus Cannon has been at right tackle with Vollmer on the PUP list this summer. LaAdrian Waddle and Cameron Fleming provide further depth at the position.
McBride also reports that guard Shaq Mason, who did not play against the Bears, broke his hand and that there currently isn’t a timetable for his return to action. Josh Kline started at right guard against Chicago.