The Patriots' defense took a hit this weekend.
OLB Tully Banta-Cain reportedly underwent abdominal surgery Friday to fix a lingering problem from last year.
It's a big deal: The recovery time is 4-5 weeks, which will push up against Week 1 of the regular season. The Pats were thin at LB before, and they're dangerously so now.
That means it's free agency time ... as soon as a CBA is passed. Mark Herzlich, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
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