Sebastian Vollmer's only played in six games this season and hasn't been on the field since the Thanksgiving weekend game in Philly. Back and foot injuries have dogged him. But with the Super Bowl approaching, the big right tackle may soon be ready. "We'll see how it goes," Bill Belichick said Thursday morning. "He practiced some last week and wasn't able to play. He'll practice this week. We'll see if he's ready this week. My crystal ball is kind of clouding up."The play of rookie Nate Solder has mitigated the loss of Vollmer, who's been mainly battling a foot injury as he tries to get back. With the Giants having one of the NFL's best front-four pass rush groups, Belichick was asked if that would impact any plans to get Vollmer back in there. "It doesn't affect it at all," said Belichick. "When he's ready, he's ready. If he's not, he's not."In other words, if Vollmer can play without the threat of worsening an injury, he'll play. But there will be no pushing to get back if participating could lead to causing long-term effects. "If Sebastian is ready, he can help our football team," said Belichick. "He's a good football player. There's no question, he would absolutely be on the game-day roster if he's ready."
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics made one more roster move on Friday, but not the one many were anticipating.
Instead of trimming the training camp roster down to 15 players, the Celtics expanded it by signing Ryan Kelly.
The 6-foot-11 forward appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the preseason, averaging 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
A former second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013, Kelly has appeared in 147 games with career averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
Boston already has a stacked roster at the power forward/center position, which is why they decided to waive second round pick and former Providence College star Ben Bentil earlier on Friday.
The addition of Kelly, on the surface at least, doesn't make a lot of sense.
But the Celtics are trying to build a team for the present while keeping an eye on the future.
When the Celtics waived Bentil, they did so with the knowledge that he was unlikely to sign with their Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
But with Kelly, the veteran big man will likely wind up with the Red Claws which will allow the Celtics to get a closer look at him without impacting their roster status which is currently at 16, one above the league-maximum.
The final roster spot will come down to James Young and R.J. Hunter. The Celtics have until 5 p.m. Monday to make a decision, a decision that team officials have repeatedly said in recent days will come down to the wire.
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