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Source: Tully Banta-Cain has surgery

Updated: July 24, 2011, 6:37 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Veteran New England Patriots outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain underwent a surgical procedure on his abdomen on Friday, a source confirmed, while estimating a four-to-five week recovery period.

The source said Banta-Cain had sustained the injury last season, and in meeting with team doctors at the end of the year, it was decided that no surgery was required. But Banta-Cain tweaked the injury in recent workouts, the source said.

Missing five weeks would place Banta-Cain's status ...

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