Sebastian Vollmer is the New England Patriots top priority heading into the free agent period, and he is one of the “big three” free agents for the Pats (Wes Welker and Aqib Talib being the other two). Vollmer has had a history of injuries, with back injuries being the concern for him. He missed a game this season, and he probably should have missed another one but was able to battle through the pain (that happened on more than one occasion).
But it was Vollmer’s knee that underwent the knife recently, according to the Boston Herald. We don’t know what knee Vollmer had the minor, routine arthroscopic knee procedure on, but other reports have stated that Vollmer underwent surgery on Wednesday. Vollmer dealt with knee issues in 2012, and that was actually the knee injury that caused him to suddenly miss the Thanksgiving game against the New York Jets.
Vollmer’s surgery, per the Boston Globe’s Greg Bedard, was just a minor “clean-up” and will not affect how the Patriots view Vollmer going into negotiations. We pretty much knew that, though, because the Patriots are fully aware of Sebastian Vollmer’s injury history and know that it is really the only major flaw for the elite right tackle going into contract negotiations.
The Patriots will almost certainly be able to lock up Vollmer, and the only way I can see him getting hit with the tag is if the Patriots want to buy more time to negotiate with him.
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