The Patriots officially announced their acquisition of WR Deion Branch from Seattle, and to make room for him, they placed OT Nick Kaczur on injured reserve.
Kaczur, a sixth-year veteran, started 13 games in 2009 and was slotted to likely replace OG Logan Mankins before suffering a back injury. He underwent surgery but remained on the 53-man roster. Head coach Bill Belichick had said that they wouldn't keep Kaczur on the roster if they didn't think he could return.
The answer came on Tuesday that Kaczur won't be healthy in time to play this season, as he was placed on season-ending I.R.
The way we see it
The Patriots likely believe that with the success the O-line has had this season, they can do without Kaczur and allow him to continue rehabbing. The Pats' O-line has given up just five sacks this season in four games, and Dan Connolly has performed well in Mankins' spot. But with Kaczur's return uncertain, the Patriots had re-signed fifth-year OL Quinn Ojinnaka last week.