Given there is no patch, should this be pushed to 1.5?
Nope, the actual work was part of another issue - the only reason this is still open was because there was a back compat break (due to a back compat break in Lucene's Highlighter, which doesn't promise back compat). So this is open as a marker to somehow deal with the break in Solr -
Our options are fairly limited - basically, I think it means adding a notice in Changes about the whole affair. I'll try and work something up.