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    I had thought he was being held out because of his back, but apparently he has an ankle issue (from last year?) I kind of lost track of his injuries, but back issues scare me so if he's just staying off an ankle and the back's OK, that's great news. Anyone know?

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    Perhaps they were telling the truth that the back wasn't as big an issue as it seemed (because the ankle was part of the problem).

    Back + ankle is probably better news than greater back problems alone.
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    From everything I've read about his current status the main source has been from Bedard saying that he's out to ease him back into due to the ankle injury.

    He hurt his ankle against the Eagles in late November and was in a walking boot/cast until the week before the Superbowl from what I remember. I wouldn't be surprised if he had surgery on it right after the Superbowl like Gronk did.
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    Correct me if i'm wrong, but he played in the Superbowl right? Can't imagine they would've allowed that if there was the possibility of damaging him long term.
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    People play their whole career with nagging back injuries. I'm sure Vrabel did off and on his last years and i know McGinest lost serious time early in his career. Hopefully Vollmer just had a flare up.
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    The gossip I hear is Vollmer's back is a serious issue. I don't believe it is the ankle that is keeping him off the field, but I am a skeptical about any injury information I hear from the Pats at any time. When healthy the guy can be really good. I hope offseason core training keeps him on the field.

    Betweeen Soldier's concusions and Volmer's back there are some questions about the Pats at tackle. I like Cannon and think he will a be a solid player. I think Cannon can handle the right side and expect him to see some playing time this year. Matt Light was incredibly durable.
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    More detail would be nice.

    Vollmer has a long history of back problems. He missed the entire 2006 season at Houston because of back troubles requiring surgery, but then he started 25 consecutive games in 2007 and 2008, and he played in 30 regular season games his first 2 seasons with the Pats. As with Rob Gronkowski, I'm sure the team checked him out thoroughly prior to the 2009 draft. Without more information it's hard to know how serious Vollmer's back issue is - based on his history I'm not surprised that he has had some repeat issues, but it's tough to judge how serious it all is.
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    Thanks for the info.
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    Probably get grief for this, may mean nothing, but Ive seen him a few times around town. In Church, he was visibly uncomfortable. Was around time of voluntary mini camp so may have just been sore from working out but he def did not look compfortable just sitting there.
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    Bedard: Vollmer did have a back procedure and details of Gronks deal

    This will naturally put his contract on the back burner at least through the start of the season. Even then they will probably want protection against further durability issues built into any long term deal.

    He also has the details of Gronk's contract:




    Back ailment sidelines Patriots lineman Vollmer - The Boston Globe
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    Re: Bedard: Vollmer did have a back procedure and details of Gronks deal

    I wouldn't be surprised if the back "procedure" was old news. Something that was done in February or March and just being reported now. Not surprising given the problems he had last season. Still, he's been here all off season and has been seen in the weight room, so its not all bad. We still have 4 more months to go before the season starts. I'm betting this is not a PUP situation and Volmer will be back in time to participate in at least some of TC.
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    Re: Bedard: Vollmer did have a back procedure and details of Gronks deal

    I don't think Bedard was intimating anything had just happened, but something did happen in the first three months of the off season, two somethings actually in Vollmer's case. Over the last two weeks fans were concerned as media attended OTA's and reports emerged on players being held out. We were assured it was an ankle in Vollmer's case, and that may remain the issue, but it's something to be noted that the back is still a concern. Seabass was very durable out of the gate, lately not so much. So the situation bears watching going forward as it may well impact from a roster and contractual standpoint. I wouldn't be surprised to see him start camp on PUP. Hopefully though he's cleared in the first week and it's clear sailing from there on out.

    And FYI it's less than 3 months to the season now, and 2 months to pre season and closing in on 6 weeks to TC.
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    Re: Bedard: Vollmer did have a back procedure and details of Gronks deal

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    We haven't had much heat yet, and I for one don't miss it, except in out of psynch spurts in between periods of raw and sometimes monsoonish rains. April was June. May was April. June's been a combination of the two thus far. God only knows what July will entail. August could well herald October with summer finally making a brief appearance in September. Wonder if we will experience another snowless winter or get buried this year...
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    Re: Bedard: Vollmer did have a back procedure and details of Gronks deal

    There simply aren't a lot of "small" back "procedures." My guess is that we're talking about a couple of cortisone shots or chiropracty.
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    Re: Bedard: Vollmer did have a back procedure and details of Gronks deal

    I doubt it. Those would be termed treatments and not a procedure. Could have been planing down a disc ala Manning. He had that done earlier (2010 off season) prior to his multiple procedures ordeal of the 2011 off season (the last of which didn't work requiring more invasive approach). They do the less complicated procedures with a scope these days unless they encounter complications in the process. I think the cortisone and chiropracty went on in season and while it provided some relief it didn't rectify the underlying problem.
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    Re: Bedard: Vollmer did have a back procedure and details of Gronks deal

    My sister had back surgery. She had a disc replaced with titanium by the best doctor at the time, who was located in Montpellier, France.

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    She is a vet so standing upright and doing 3 hour surgery used to mean popping codine pills like candy. Now she doesn't require any pain control to stand for hours. The surgery was a godsend for her.

    After she had the procedure done, she needed to stay in a rehabilitation center for a couple weeks healing up and doing physical therapy. But about a month after the surgery she was doing well. After 6 months she was completely normal.

    Granted, she wasn't blocking DLs in the NFL but she didn't receive 6 months of physical therapy/training either. If his surgery was right at the end of season, I would also expect Vollmer back (no pun intended!) before the season starts because I doubt he had anything done that was more invasive than this.
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    Already noted. And Bedard has since tweeted for clarification that the back procedure happened shortly after the season ended, so 3 months ago. The more immediate short term concern seems to be rehabbing the ankle, on which he is still visibly limping. The back will represent more of a long term concern (contractually).
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    Re: Bedard: Vollmer did have a back procedure and details of Gronks deal

    For an OL, especially a tackle, those procedures give you reason for worry going forward. Unfortunately, we as fans will never know the severity of the back issues with Vollmer right now. I just sincerely hope they're not chronic.
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