According to Belichick Sebastian Vollmer is getting closer to potentially seeing action on Sunday against New York. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

Considering the fact the Patriots are about to face off against what should be a tough Giants pass rush, they can use every healthy offensive lineman they can get.

The good news is that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told the media on Monday that offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer is getting closer to returning to action, and sounded optimistic that he could potentially make a return this weekend against New York.

According to Belichick Vollmer’s out of his cast, which occurred prior to their Divisional win against Denver. He practiced last week, but just wasn’t quite close enough then to play. However, until he has a full week of practice, Belichick’s not quite ready to say anything definitive about his status against the Giants.

“Sebastian has gotten a lot better over the last few weeks,” said Belichick. “He came out of his cast, I’d say, before the Denver game. And then he practiced last week before the Baltimore game, and I would say he was close, but obviously, he wasn’t ready to go, and we didn’t activate him. This week, he is further along than where he was before the Denver game.

“He practiced today, so we will see how the week goes and see how he holds up. But I think there is definitely a possibility. We will just have to see how he tolerates the added work. If he does well, then I will think you will see him. If not, then it will be where it was in Baltimore. I don’t know if we will know about that until we put him through the full week of practice. He is definitely making progress, so he is getting there.”