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Friday, November 27, 2009
Mixed news on OL injury front

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., -- There was mixed news regarding injured Patriots offensive linemen Friday, as starting right guard Stephen Neal (head) was participating at the start of practice while rookie left tackle Sebastian Vollmer (head) was not present.

Furthermore, starting right tackle Nick Kaczur, who played through what appeared to be an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Jets, looked like he was battling through pain.

Although nothing is set in stone, Mark LeVoir worked at right tackle, while Matt Light was at left tackle.

With a noisy environment expected Monday night, the Patriots' offensive line will be tested while working with a silent snap count. The unit's makeup figures to be an important pre-game storyline.

Neal did not play last Sunday against the Jets, while Vollmer was injured during the game but returned to action.

Rookie receiver Julian Edelman (forearm), running back Fred Taylor (ankle) and Vollmer (head) were the three players not spotted at the start of practice, which was held inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse.