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Nick Kaczur out indefinitely, season in jeopardy reports New England Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kaczur, who was projected to start at left guard this season in place of Pro Bowler Logan Mankins who has not reported to training camp, and is currently locked in a contract dispute, has told teammates that he has a significant back injury that could sideline him indefinitely and put his season in jeopardy. Kaczur could still seek another medical opinion, but the initial diagnosis is grim.

The Patriots, through a team spokesman, did not confirm the injury or the long-term prognosis for Kaczur. Kaczur, a veteran of six NFL seasons, has missed the last 11 full pads training camp practices. Five-year veteran Dan Connolly, who has four career starts, will be given the opportunity to step into a starting role if Kaczur is indeed sidelined indefinitely.

While we are on the injury front, here is the full update. Joining Kaczur on the inactive list Friday was cornerback Leigh Bodden, linebacker Gary Guyton, safety Bret Lockett, wide receiver Matthew Slater and defensive lineman Ty Warren. Defensive tackles Mike Wright and Ron Brace did not practice, but continued their rehab on the sidelines during practice Friday afternoon. Defensive lineman Myron Pryor (left hand) and cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (hamstring) returned after missing a string of practices.

After nine straight days without a day off since training camp officially started, which covered 17 practices, Patriots players have been given the weekend off by head coach Bill Belichick. The team’s next practice is a Monday morning walkthrough in preparation for next week’s visit from the Saints for joint practices (Tuesday, Wednesday) and the preseason opener (Thursday).

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