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When New England Patriots' starting left tackle Sebastian Vollmer left Sunday's game with a foot injury and was quickly declared "out", fans were fearing for the worst. After all, the team has been bitten hard by the injury bug this year - and has already lost a starting left tackle in Nate Solder.
However, it seems as if the Patriots and their best offensive lineman have dodged a bullet.
According to CSNNE's Tom Curran, Vollmer's left ankle injury is not as bad as it initially looked like. While he is expected to miss New England's regular season finale in Miami, Vollmer should return come playoff time - giving the much-maligned offensive line a much needed boost.
Vollmer will join wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola as key members of New England's offense to return in time for the team's first playoff game. During his absence, LaAdrian Waddle or Cameron Fleming will likely replace the 31-year old on the starting offensive line.