BOSTON (CBS) – When Sebastian Vollmer let out a loud scream as he hit the ground Sunday in Foxboro, you had a feeling that things weren’t looking good for the Patriots’ offensive lineman.
Those initial concerns were confirmed on Monday, as Vollmer is set to undergo surgery on his broken right leg according to the Boston Herald.
The 6-8 right tackle went down in the first half of New England’s 27-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday when Miami defensive lineman rolled up on his leg. He was wrapped in an air cast and carted off the field, delivering a big blow to a New England offensive line that has struggled to protect quarterback Tom Brady this season.
“It’s a tough loss to see Sebastian get carted off like that,” head coach Bill Belichick said after the game. “He’s been such a great player for us and such a great teammate.”
“I hate it,” said running back Stevan Ridley. “Sea Bass has been a critical player for us this year and prior years to this. Hopefully he’ll be back here soon.”
Third-year lineman Marcus Cannon replaced Vollmer on Sunday and will likely take over full-time while Vollmer is out.
“Marcus did a great job of stepping in and playing that role, and he’s done that for a few years now, playing that swing tackle,” Brady said on Sunday. “It’s tough losing guys on the offensive line, but the guys that were in there stepped in and did a great job.”
Vollmer is just the latest addition to a lengthy injury list for the Patriots, who have already lost nose tackle Vince Wilfork and linebacker Jerod Mayo for the season.
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