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Connolly underwent shoulder surgery

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  February 22, 2013 06:24 PM

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Patriots offensive lineman Dan Connolly underwent surgery on his right shoulder last week, league sources said.

Connolly is expected to be ready to go for training camp.

Signing to a three-year contract before last season, presumably to be the starting center, the Patriots had to bump Connolly to right guard when Brian Waters opted not to join the team. Ryan Wendell became the starting center.

He started 14 of 16 regular games at the spot, missing the Arizona game due to a concussion and the game against the Colts due to a back injury. Connolly was listed as limited in practice on the team report because of the back issue for the rest of the regular season, but on the Patriots' first postseason practice report, Connolly and a host of other players were removed from the report.

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