NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas
Two yards were gained on a halfback power run by Stevan Ridley in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. But New England Patriots starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was lost in the process.
On the 1st-and-15 strong-side carry, Ridley rushed through the B-gap before Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks was able to circle him up. Although as the 6’3”, 305-pounder latched onto the New England’s third-year back, momentum spun him around.
Momentum spun him around, and directly into the back of Vollmer’s legs.
The impact sent the 6’8”, 315-pound Vollmer down face first, screaming in pain and slamming his fists onto the turf. Both an unbearable sight and sound, it was later learned that New England’s 2009 second-round pick had broken a bone in his right leg, as Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald first reported.
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