The Patriots announced that offensive lineman Nick Kaczur has been placed on injured reserve with a back injury. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Toledo product has been sidelined with the injury since training camp, missing all four preseason games, and the first four games of the regular season.
Kaczur was selected by the Patriots in the third round (100th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. The sixth year veteran has started 62 of 68 regular-season games and seven playoff games.
Kaczur had been filling in for Logan Mankins at left guard while Mankins was away from Patriots camp over a contract dispute. Filling in for Kaczur at right tackle has been Sebastuan Vollmer, the former second round pick out of Houston in 2009.
WR Deion Branch was originally selected by the Patriots in the second round (65th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Louisville product spent four seasons in New England before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a first round pick on September 11, 2006. After four seasons in Seattle, Branch was traded back to New England for a fourth round pick.
Through four games (3 starts) in 2010 Branch recorded 13 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. Over nine seasons, Branch has appeared in 104 games (83 starts) and has recorded 403 receptions for 5,091 yards and 29 touchdowns. He has started 10 of the postseason games he has appeared in recording 49 receptions for 725 yards and two touchdowns.
Branch earned Super Bowl MVP honors in Super Bowl XXXIX when he recorded 11 receptions for 133 yards, tying a Super Bowl record. The Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21.
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