Kyle Arrington to have surgery

New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington is scheduled to undergo groin surgery on Friday, addressing an injury he played through for most of the 2013 season.

The timeframe for his recovery, according to his agent Richard Kopelman of KLASS Sports, is in the 6-to-8-week range, which should have Arrington ready for the start of the team's offseason program in April.

The 27-year-old Arrington played in all 16 games, with 12 starts, this past season. His primary role has been as the team's No. 3 cornerback, but because of the high percentage of sub defense played by the team (67 percent), he is often on the field in a starter-type capacity.

He played 72 percent of the defensive snaps in 2013.

Arrington's availability is one of his strengths, as he's never missed a game since joining the Patriots in 2009. He is viewed as a key part of the team's cornerback corps in the coming years, along with Logan Ryan (second year) and Alfonzo Dennard (third year), and potentially free-agent-to-be Aqib Talib.