Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kaczur has reportedly undergone back surgery and could miss the entire 2010 season according to a report in the Boston Herald. Kaczur has been absent from New England’s training camp for nearly two weeks dealing with the issue.
Kaczur’s versatility is one thing that allowed the Patriots to move him around on the offensive line. He had replaced starting left guard Logan Mankins who has been holding out of training camp over a contract dispute.
Kaczur has held down the right tackle spot since being selected in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Toledo product started 11 of the 14 games he appeared in his rookie season and 62 of the 68 games he’s been part of his five seasons in New England.
Filling in for Kaczur at Mankins’ spot has been a combination of Dan Connolly, Ryan Wendell and Rich Ohrnberger, with Connolly receiving the majority of the attention with the first unit. While there is no definitive plan to replace Mankins until his return, former second round pick Sebastian Vollmer will fill in for Kaczur.
New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss (81) is congratulated by tackle Nick Kaczur (77) after Moss caught a third-quarter touchdown pass, his first of the season, during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4, 2009, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the Ravens 27-21. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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