New England Patriots missing six at practice

Six players are not practicing for the New England Patriots, and Chandler Jones and Sebastian Vollmer are the two headliners. Jones has not needed a walking boot, but he is not practicing in the Pats first practice of the week leading up to the game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. If he cannot play, then the Pats will need to start Trevor Scott with Jermaine Cunningham suspended for four games.

Sebastian Vollmer was a surprise inactive last week, and that’s terrible news. The Pats definitely need the game’s best right tackle to be healthy going forward, and his inability to play last week led to the release of Greg Salas (claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles, tough loss of a decent investment) in order to activate backup tackle Mark Zusevics.

Starting guards Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly were both held out of practice, and Zusevics was also absent from practice.

Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald wrote, “Linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) spent several minutes warming up on the stationary bike. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower (hamstring) joined him briefly.”

He also added that this is the first time the Patriots have practice in full pads since the 15th of November. That is reason for optimism on the statuses of the missing players going forward, because I highly doubt the Pats would rush them back into a full pads practice to start the week. Then again, they did allow Julian Edelman to practice. More on him later.

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