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Sebastian Vollmer expects to play

INDIANAPOLIS --- Although he said he was still feeling “a little under the weather,’’ Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer said today he didn’t expect it would prevent him from playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI matchup against the New York Giants.

Speaking Wednesday morning at the team’s headquarters, Vollmer, who missed significant time this season due to back and foot injuries, said those ailments were no longer an issue.

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“I’m definitely better,’’ he said. “I mean I haven’t practiced for a while and I started practicing not too long ago, so it feels definitely better there’s no doubt about that.’’

Vollmer, who was slowed in preseason camp by a balky back, missed five of the first six games of the season, but was activated as a reserve for the seventh game of the season. He started the next four games at right tackle, before he was felled by an foot injury at Philadelphia that forced him to miss the remaining five games of the regular season and the divisional round triumph over Denver and the AFC Championship win over the Ravens.

Asked how difficult it was for him to remain engaged in the day-to-day preparations for game day when he was inactive, Vollmer replied, “It’s tough, because you see your team winning or losing and you just feel like, `Well, maybe I could do something about it.’ You could be part of that win and go out there and play. That’s why we do this. And when you can’t, it’s always tough.

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“I mean you just try to stay engaged, like you said,’’ Vollmer said. “So you go to meetings and try to learn and always try to prepare myself every week as if I was playing every week, plus going through treatments.

“So, hopefully, I’ll be done with this and I’ll get to play.’’

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