The Patriots’ apparent need at outside linebacker grew a little more apparent Sunday.
Shalize Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports that outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, who has led the team in sacks the last two years, underwent surgery Friday for an abdominal strain. He’s expected to miss roughly 4-5 weeks.
Banta-Cain aggravated a previous injury during player-only workouts. Despite his solid stats the last two years, the Patriots could consider placing him on the reserve/PUP list for the open of the season if they don’t think he’ll truly be ready in Week One.
This is the second injury that we’ve recently heard that occurred during this offseason, following the news on Lions tackle Jeff Backus.
We won’t be surprised if more significant injuries are learned about in the coming days as teams and media begin to catch up players they mostly haven’t talked to this offseason.