Monday, August 9, 2010
Ty Warren, Nick Kaczur being evaluated
By Mike Reiss ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick acknowledged Monday that injuries to defensive lineman Ty Warren and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur did not fall in the "day-to-day" category and that both players were being evaluated by the team's medical staff.
Late last week, a league source told ESPN.com that Kaczur told teammates that he has a significant back injury that could sideline him indefinitely and could threaten his 2010 season. And Comcast SportsNet reported over the weekend that Warren's hip was ailing.
"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 Kaczur out at left guard, five-year veteran Dan Connolly (4 career starts) has been working with the first unit. Meanwhile, backup defensive end Ron Brace remains on the physically unable to perform list, so the Patriots are a bit thin at that spot.
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.
Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden has been held out of the team's last two padded practices after limping off the field, but said Monday that his injury -- which NESN.com reported is to his knee -- was nothing serious.
"There are no concerns at all," said Bodden, who tied for the team-lead with five interceptions in 2009.
Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.