Patriots place Tommy Kelly on IR

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

New England's front seven takes another blow as the newly-acquired Kelly's knee injury won't allow him to play this season.

New England Patriots defensive tackle Tommy Kelly was placed on injured reserve Saturday, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com. Kelly had been declared out for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a knee injury, but managed to practice Wednesday and Thursday.

The loss of Kelly is a huge blow for the Patriots defense, who are trying to overcome season-ending injuries to Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. Offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer is also out for the year, giving New England problems on both sides of the ball.

Kelly spent eight seasons clogging the middle for the Oakland Raiders before being released this past March. The Patriots signed Kelly in April to play alongside Wilfork, creating a tough interior for a defense with a lot to prove. WIth both big men on IR, the Patriots' trade for Isaac Sopoaga becomes that much more important. The Pats swapped fifth- and sixth-round picks with the Eagles for the rights to Sopoaga.

The candidates to start in place of Kelly are Chris Jones, Joe Vellano and Marcus Forston.

More from SB Nation NFL

Steven White: What happened to the Bucs?

NFL midseason awards: The best player, coach and teams

Dez Bryant vs. Vikings: How will he bounce back?

Breaking Madden: Let's put Brett Favre on the Rams | More

How each team can make the playoffs: NFC | AFC

Latest News

In This Article

Teams
Players
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.