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."
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BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins held an optional morning skate on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena with little more than a handful of B’s players skating, but the most important player to Boston success, Tuukka Rask, was taking part after missing practice on Monday.
Rask missed Monday’s practice session while getting checked out medically following his exit from Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh due to vision issues. He said on Tuesday that it was all related to migraines that have cropped up a couple of times in his NHL career. The Bruins No. 1 netminder also said he was good to play on Tuesday night against the Red Wings with just a couple of home games left until this weekend’s All-Star break.
That was the kind of good news embattled coach Claude Julien was looking for as Boston looks to end its season-worst, four-game losing streak.
“We’ve got good news so far, so that’s nice to see,” Julien said of Rask, who has started 13 of Boston’s past 14 games dating to a Dec. 27 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Obviously it was because of the migraines, so hopefully we won’t see much more of that.”
In other Black and Gold health news, both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller have been cleared to play, and are expected to rejoin the B’s lineup with John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow headed for healthy scratches. Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings as the Red Wings arrive for a divisional tilt after a shootout loss for Boston last week at Joe Louis Arena:
K. Miller-C. Miller