Sunday, August 19, 2012
Sebastian Vollmer off PUP
By Mike Rodak
New England Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and tight end Daniel Fells passed their physicals with the team and were removed from the active/physically unable to perform list Saturday, a source confirmed.
Both players had missed all of training camp, which began July 26. Vollmer was recovering from a back injury dating back to last season, while Fells was listed as having a leg injury.
Their removal from the active/PUP list means that both players should be ready for the start of the regular season. The team also had the option of transferring Fells and Vollmer to the reserve/PUP list in two weeks, which would have kept both players out for at least the first six weeks of the regular season.
Neither player is eligible to suit up in the Patriots' preseason contest with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night, and they cannot practice in full pads until completing a three-day acclimation period.
The return of Vollmer, the projected starter at right tackle, will provide another boost to an offensive line that began training camp without Pro Bowl guards Logan Mankins or Brian Waters. Last week, Mankins returned to practice after recovering from offseason knee surgery. Waters still has not reported.
Fells signed a three-year deal with New England in March after starting 15 games last season for the Denver Broncos.
Mike Rodak is a regular contributor to ESPNBoston.com.