INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer will play in Super Bowl XLVI, offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia told WEEI.com on Tuesday. Vollmer, who has been hobbled by back and foot problems over the course of the last two months, has continued to ramp up his practice reps over the last few weeks, and appears to be ready to return to the field for the first time since a Nov. 27 win over the Eagles.
"He's very, very strong. He's got great experience, and is not afraid of anyone. He's a great alternative," Scarnecchia said of Vollmer. "He'll play. He'll play in this game at some point, whether we have Nate (Solder) outside or him at tackle. He's going to be out there, and thank God we've got him."
In Vollmer's absence, rookie Nate Solder has worked primarily at the right tackle spot, and Scarnecchia has been impressed at the body of work that Solder has been able to produce over the course of the season.
"To his credit, he went through a shaky preseason, and really from the first game, he became a pretty darn good, consistent football player for us," Scarnecchia said. "I don't know what the public feeling is, but he's had a very good, rookie season. He started on the right side, he's played the left side, when Matt Light and Logan Mankins got hurt. And he's played a lot of tight end.
"He's a great kid. I'm glad we got him. I'm so glad we got him, and I think he has a bright, bright future in this league."
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