According to Ian Rapoport, two sources have told the Boston Herald that Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kaczur has undergone back surgery, which could potentially sideline him for the entire upcoming season. Kaczur was injured during the first practice on the second day of training camp, and could become the third player the Patriots lose to season ending surgery since the preseason began.
In an interview with local Boston radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub Saturday, Rapoport said, ”I think they knew the (back) injury was serious…then I find out today Kaczur did have surgery about a week ago…they haven’t made a determination yet but nobody is optimistic”
If Kaczur is in fact out for the season as Rapoport’s sources believe, it is a huge blow to a Patriots offensive line that is still trying to recover from the likely loss of Logan Mankins. Kaczur was expected to move from right tackle to Mankins vacated left guard spot. With Kaczur out indefinitely, Dan Connolly will take his place in the starting lineup. Depth is a serious issue, if the Patriots lose another lineman they could be in serious trouble.