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Monday, August 9, 2010
Ty Warren's injury status in focus

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran defensive lineman Ty Warren has missed 11 consecutive padded practices with an undisclosed injury. Comcast SportsNet reported over the weekend that Warren's hip is ailing.

While much attention was given to Nick Kaczur's injury status over the weekend -- he has told teammates that he has a significant back injury that could sideline him indefinitely and could threaten his 2010 season -- Warren's situation has flown a bit under the radar.

Bill Belichick addressed the status of Kaczur and Warren this morning.

"Ty and Nick both have missed a number of practices and they're both being evaluated by our medical staff," Belichick said. "We'll see what comes of that. We'll just have to wait until we get a little more information there.

"Otherwise, everybody is in a day-to-day situation. We got some guys back at the end of last week. Hopefully we'll see more back this week, as we get closer to full strength."

With Warren not falling in the "day to day" category, it adds more context to the potential severity of his injury.

Backup Ron Brace remains on the phyiscally unable to perform list, so the Patriots are a bit thin at end. This shines the spotlight on veterans Damione Lewis, Gerard Warren and Mike Wright, first-year player Darryl Richard, and rookies Kade Weston and Brandon Deaderick as players whose opportunities have increased with Warren and Brace out.