The Patriots might have two significant injuries, one along each of the team’s lines.
OL Nick Kaczur is believed to have a potentially serious back injury, and DE Ty Warren is sitting out with what is thought to be a bad hip.
Head coach Bill Belichick rarely has addressed injuries in the past, but he spoke of the two players’ conditions — in vague terms — on Monday without being asked.
“Ty and Nick have both missed a number of practices and are both being evaluated by our medical staff and we’ll see what comes of that,” Belichick said. “We’ll just have to wait until we get a little more information there.
“Otherwise, I‘d say everybody is pretty much in a day-to-day situation. We got some guys back at the end of last week and we’ll hopefully see more back this week as we get closer to full strength.”
Kaczur’s 2010 season could be in doubt, according to various reports. He was penciled in to start at right tackle initially but slid over to left guard when Pro Bowler Logan Mankins began his training-camp holdout. With Kaczur out, the Patriots have moved Dan Connolly, who has four career starts, up to the first unit in practice.
Warren might not be dealing with a season-ending injury, but he remains out. With Ron Brace, last year’s second-round pick, currently sitting on the team’s PUP/active list, the Patriots are lean on the defensive front.
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