Sunday, September 11, 2011
Vollmer out; Solder to step in
By Mike Reiss
Greg M. Cooper/US PresswireSecond-year OT Sebastian Vollmer was downgraded to out for Monday's game.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Patriots have downgraded starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer to out for Monday's season opener against the Dolphins. Vollmer has missed the last two weeks with a back injury, and this almost certainly thrusts first-round draft choice Nate Solder into the starting lineup at right tackle. The Patriots don't have any other pure tackles on the roster.
With Vollmer and Wendell out, the Patriots currently only have six offensive linemen available. One of them, Dan Connolly, is returning from a foot injury, while veteran Brian Waters just joined the team last Sunday. The Patriots have Thomas Welch, Matt Kopa and Nick McDonald on the practice squad.