Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer has been out with a back injury for much of the season, he has missed five games, while rookie Nate Solder has filled in at right tackle. Vollmer hasn’t played since Week 2 and has missed the most games of his three-year career.
Vollmer returned to practice in a limited capacity the week of the Cowboys game and was able to get in some reps during the bye. Now, Vollmer said he is improving and has been doing everything the trainers have advised to help him be better. “[It’s ]trying to get back and do what you can and just contribute somehow,” Vollmer said. As for playing this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Vollmer said he is “always hoping. We’ll see how it goes.”