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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Kaczur among vets not practicing

By Mike Reiss & Mike Rodak

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Seven-year veteran offensive lineman Nick Kaczur was among a small group of notable veterans not participating in the opening practice of training camp this morning.

Kaczur, who missed 2010 with a back injury, has an uncertain future with the team. Kaczur is scheduled to earn $3.4 million in 2011, which makes him a potential salary-cap cut based on his projection as a backup.

In addition to Kaczur, tight end Alge Crumpler was not at practice as he is still rehabbing after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.

Also, defensive lineman Marcus Stroud was not present, and the Boston Herald and Boston Globe had conflicting "tweets" about his future with the team, with one saying he has been released, another saying no decision has been made yet.

Defensive lineman Myron Pryor was also not spotted at practice on Thursday morning.

All-Pro left guard Logan Mankins, who reported to the team for the start of training camp Wednesday, was not on the field as contracts can't be signed until the league year starts Friday. Restricted free agent BenJarvus Green-Ellis also didn't practice, as he has yet to officially sign his tender.

Cornerback Kyle Arrington, who started 14 games last season, also wasn't on the field. He has yet to sign his exclusive-rights free agent tender.