New England Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer (76) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Sebastian Vollmer will likely play


The New England Patriots won’t be getting Danny Amendola or Rob Gronkowski this week, as neither star pass-catcher was able to make the trip with the team to Atlanta. Now, the Patriots will be hoping that they don’t have to go into a big game against the Falcons 0-3 among their injured star players, as right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is listed questionable with a foot sprain. He did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he did return to practice yesterday. Even so, ESPN Boston projected Vollmer as an inactive (they have been right about both Amendola and Gronkowski being inactive thus far), but it sounds like he will play.

Sebastian Vollmer looks like a pure game-time decision for the New England Patriots, but the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian reports that Vollmer will likely be on the right side of the game-time decision. Per a source close to Guregian, Vollmer will “likely” play, which is good news for the Patriots. Even though the matchup at left end is weak for Atlanta with Kroy Biermann out for the season, it’s always good to have a player as talented as Vollmer playing.

Marcus Cannon is a capable backup right tackle who filled in nicely for Vollmer last week when Vollmer exited the game with a foot injury, and the Patriots can count on Cannon as spot-starter, especially in this matchup. That could lead the New England Patriots to believe that allowing Vollmer to rest for another week is the best policy.

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