When a team wins, most of the the bad news goes unnoticed. That was definitely the case when New England Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer left the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and did not return.
Vollmer is considered day-to-day with a foot sprain. As of today, the veteran right tackle is not practicing, and that does not bode well for his chances of playing against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. And that is definitely not good news, as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will need all hands on deck if he wants to out-duel Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
Not to mention that Vollmer is one of the best right tackles in the NFL. It’s a thing of beauty to watch him work, especially in pass protection. Many scouts have said that Vollmer has the athleticism to be a left tackle in the NFL, and it shows. When healthy, Vollmer rarely allows pressures.
The important words there are “when healthy.” Vollmer has been known to rack up an assortment of injuries in his career. Last season it was back problems, and those back problems noticeably limited Vollmer both on the field and off the field. Even though he played in 15 of 16 regular season games last season, Vollmer took some chunks of time off in the games that he played.
So if Vollmer continues to do that, Marcus Cannon would be the next man up at right tackle. Although the third-year Cannon has a lot of upside, he’s more suited to play offensive guard.
Simply put, Vollmer’s absence will be noticed if he’s gone for a long period of time. It will affect the rhythm of the offense because Brady will have less time to throw, which is never good. Let’s hope for a speedy recovery for one of the more unheralded offensive weapons on this team.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.