Sebastian Vollmer Is Patriots’ Lone Absentee From Practice As Team Gets Close to Full Health


FOXBORO, Mass. — Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was the only member of the Patriots to miss Wednesday's practice, marking the team's healthiest turnout of 2011.

Wide receiver Taylor Price, running back Stevan Ridley, cornerback Kyle Arrington, running back Shane Vereen, linebacker Jeff Tarpinian, defensive end Mark Anderson and linebacker Jermaine Cunningham all returned to the practice field. Wednesday's session was held in full pads inside Gillette Stadium.

Price last practiced Aug. 25. Ridley was injured Aug. 18 against the Buccaneers. Arrington pulled a muscle Thursday against the Giants. Vereen only missed Monday's session. Tarpinian last practiced Aug. 13. Anderson last practiced Aug. 30. Cunningham last practiced Aug. 14.

Vollmer's last practice was Aug. 30.

It's been a good week for the Patriots in terms of their health. Cornerback Leigh Bodden and offensive linemen Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell all returned to Monday's practice.

Tight end Dan Gronkowski and linebacker A.J. Edds made their debuts at practice after they were officially signed Wednesday morning.

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