Sebastian Vollmer Injury Update: New England's RT Will Play in Super Bowl XLVI

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 31, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 19:  Sebastian Vollmer #76 of the New England Patriots celebrates as he runs off the field after defeating the Green Bay Packers 31-27 at Gillette Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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There was certainly some doubt heading into Super Bowl XLVI regarding New England Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer's status, but he will be playing Sunday against the New York Giants.

WEEI's Christopher Price is reporting that Vollmer will play in Super Bowl XLVI. 

New England's offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia spoke with Price and stated that Vollmer will play: 

He'll play. He'll play in this game at some point, whether we have Nate (Solder) outside or him at tackle. He's going to be out there, and thank God we've got him.

Vollmer has been dealing with back and foot problems dating all the way back to November, as he last appeared against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 27. 

With Vollmer being out, New England has been forced to play rookie Nate Solder—and he's been quite the workhorse for the Patriots. 

Solder has played in all 16 games this season for the Patriots. He's started in 13 of them while allowing only four sacks, which is incredibly impressive for a rookie. 

With the news that Vollmer will play in Super Bowl XLVI, I will assume that New England will have a rotation at right tackle between Vollmer and Solder and could even use Solder as a tight end—which New England has done quite frequently this season. 


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