The New England Patriots have added another offensive lineman to the injury report yesterday, as backup guard Mitch Petrus has been listed questionable with an illness. He isn’t the only offensive lineman listed questionable due to an illness, because Mark Zusevics missed practice all week with an illness.
It’s a good thing there is plenty of depth on the interior of the offensive line, because that’s a position that’s banged up right now. Dan Connolly is still listed questionable after an injury against the Buffalo Bills a few weeks ago, and Nick McDonald is also listed questionable. The main thing is that Logan Mankins is one again out, and that stems back to the injury he sustained early on against the Bills.
Petrus was signed after the Bills game due to the injuries to Mankins and Connolly, and he is a former New York Giants spot-starter. He brings a lot of strength to the table and is a solid run blocker, but he struggles mightily in pass protection. Petrus is good depth as the fifth-guard, and he is currently on the two-deep due Mankins’s absence.
Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was able to make the trip to Miami despite the questionable tag, and that’s certainly great news. The Pats will need him to stop top Miami Dolphins pass rusher Cameron Wake, and Vollmer missed the game against the New York Jets last week as a last-minute inactive. He returned to practice on Friday and is good to go, which means Marcus Cannon won’t be thrust into the starting spot again. Cannon did an excellent job against the Jets, but it’s obviously much harder to stop the Dolphins front seven than the Jets front seven.
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