The screams were audible even for those watching on television. Sideline microphones picked up all they needed to know: Sebastian Vollmer was hurt, and he had sustained a serious injury.

It was later reported that Vollmer had broken his leg in the Oct. 27 win at home over the Dolphins. After surgery, he was placed on injured reserve and missed the remainder of the season.

During Thursday's OTA, the 6-foot-8, 320-pounder took regular reps at right tackle and seemed to be moving well on his feet. Afterward he smiled and joked with reporters about being yelled at by his coaches.

He seemed happy to be back at work.

"Anytime you get hurt it’s not a good thing," Vollmer said. "You don’t really know what’s happening to yourself and take it step by step. You take it inside, talk to doctors and do what’s necessary and just work your way. It’s a strain. Every day you do rehab, you get better, you get stronger and all that stuff, looking forward. I’m back out here now and it’s a good moment for me."

As gruesome as the injury appeared to onlookers, Vollmer said he never questioned whether he would make it back onto the field.

"No. I don’t think you should have that," he said. "I trust our medical staff and rehab guys and we know we’re in good hands. You just have to do what they tell you to do. You have to work hard and I think that’s kind of what it comes down to."

Vollmer explained that part of the rehab process went beyond anything physical. He mentally had to trust his leg to work out and put it under some stress as he prepared to re-take the field.