The Boston Herald reported Saturday night that offensive lineman Nick Kaczur has undergone a procedure on his back to take care of a bulging disc, and it appears it may potentially sideline him for the season.

According to the Herald the injury took place during drills back on July 30th, with the initial hope being that rest would help it get better. Unfortunately the surgery ended up being necessary, and according to the report both Kaczur and the team are “pessimistic” that he’ll be back this year, which means it looks like he may join defensive lineman Ty Warren on injured reserve.

In his absence so far it’s been fifth year lineman Dan Connolly filling in and doing a servicable job, although should Connolly go down New England could be in trouble. Considering Stephen Neal’s injury history his loss could potentially leave them even more thin up front, especially with holdout Logan Mankins looking more and more each day like he’s played his last football with the Patriots.

Needless to say let’s hope that some of the younger guys will continue to get better through these final couple weeks of the preseason and will be able to play well if called upon this season.