The Cardinals signed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who was just cut by the Patriots. He played in five games last year before tearing his ACL.
The Patriots released linebacker James Anderson, defensive linemen Will Smith and Tommy Kelly, and rookie tight end Justin Jones.
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will start training camp on the PUP list as he continues to rehab from March foot surgery. Also on the list are defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), special teams standout Matthew Slater and receiver Jeremy Gallon.
In addition, first-round defensive lineman Dominique Easley will start camp on the Non-Football Injury list as he recovers from the torn ACL he suffered at Florida last season. Joining him on that list are running back Roy Finch, linebacker Deontae Skinner and offensive tackle Chris Martin.
Dominique Easley was an interesting choice by the Patriots, but Fantasy owners shouldn't be so piqued. For starters, Easley has torn each of his ACLs and is still recovering from one last September. If he's ready to start the season he'll still be behind veterans Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly on the depth chart and might not play much.
But the most important factor to Fantasy owners is the lack of stats that defensive tackles typically get. It would take a banner year from Easley to make an impact in Fantasy. Until things start to look like they're coming together for him, Fantasy owners shouldn't indulge. We'd pass on him in seasonal and long-term formats.
With the No. 29 pick in the NFL Draft, the Patriots selected defensive tackle Dominique Easley from Florida.
Easley, who is 6-foot-2, 288 pounds, suffered two ACL tears in college. He came back from a left ACL tear in 2011, then blew out his right ACL last September.
When healthy, Easley has exceptional quickness, constantly playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He will provide the Patriots defense and Patriots DST with depth as a rotation player behind Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly.
Patriots defensive tackles Tommy Kelly and Isaac Sopoaga are candidates for restructured contracts or outright release, reports the Boston Globe. Kelly counts $2.6 million against the cap this year, Sopoaga $3.5 million.
The New England Patriots have placed defensive lineman Tommy Kelly on injured reserve Saturday due to his knee problem. His season is officially over, the team's official site confirms.
Kelly suffered a setback after practicing earlier in the week prior to the Week 9 game against Pittsburgh Sunday. He finishes with 22 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks over five games played for the Patriots defense.
Any optimism that Patriots defensive tackle Tommy Kelly had overcome a knee problem to be active for Sunday against Pittsburgh dissipated with the release of the Friday injury report. Kelly has been ruled out.
Kelly practiced Wednesday and Thursday before suffering a setback that kept him out of Friday's session. He has missed the last three games.
Patriots defensive tackle Tommy Kelly was absent from Friday practice, which could prove a setback in his quest to play Sunday against visiting Pittsburgh. Kelly, who has been nursing a knee injury, has not played since Week 5. But he did practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
More will be revealed about his status when the Patriots release their injury report later on Friday.
Perhaps Patriots defensive tackle Tommy Kelly can now launch a new starting streak. He returned to practice Wednesday after missing three games with a knee injury, according to the Boston Globe.
Kelly had started every game for Oakland and New England since 2008 before sustaining the injury.
The Patriots inactive list features three injured players in Week 8, though their collective absences do not come as much of a surprise. Defensive lineman Tommy Kelly (knee) and Leon Washington (ankle) had been ruled out well before Sunday, and defensive back Aqib Talib (hip) has now missed two straight games.
Those three are joined by offensive lineman Chris Barker, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, defensive end Jake Bequette and wide receiver Josh Boyce on the inactive list.
Patriots starting defensive tackle Tommy Kelly won't be starting Sunday against Miami. He will be inactive for the third straight game with a knee injury, according to the Boston Herald.
Kelly was a full-time starter for Oakland and New England since 2008 before sustaining the injury.
Patriots veteran defensive tackle Tommy Kelly appears on the verge of missing his third straight game with a knee problem. The fact that he has not been placed on IR indicates it's not a season-ending injury. But he missed practice again on Thursday.
Kelly had started every game since 2008 with Oakland or New England until going down with the injury.
The Patriots' list of inactives for Week 7 at the Jets includes wide receiver Josh Boyce, offensive lineman Chris Barker, running back Leon Washington (ankle), defensive lineman Tommy Kelly (knee) and defensive back Tavon Wilson (hamstring). Boyce and Barker are both healthy scratches.
Patriots defensive lineman Tommy Kelly (knee) will not play in Week 7 against the Jets, after he was ruled out on Friday's injury report. Kelly was unable to practice throughout the week due to the injury.
Two key Patriots defensive starters remained out of practice on Thursday, leading to speculation that they will be unavailable to play against the Jets in Week 7. Cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee) were both unseen during the media portion of the session.
Talib has started every game this season. Kelly had a starting streak that extended back to 2008 snapped in Week 6.
The Patriots have ruled the following players inactive for Week 6 at home against the Saints: defensive lineman Tommy Kelly, wide receiver Matthew Slater, wide receiver Josh Boyce, tight end Rob Gronkowski, running back Leon Washington, defensive back Tavon Wilson and offensive lineman Chris Barker.
Patriots defensive tackle Tommy Kelly has been ruled out for the game Sunday against New Orleans - and that's big news. He has started every game for either Oakland or New England since 2008.
Kelly could not overcome a knee injury in time to be active.
The six-year starting streak of defensive tackle Tommy Kelly might come to an end Sunday when his Patriots play New Orleans. Kelly remained out Friday with a knee injury, NESN is reporting.
Kelly has started every game for Oakland or New England since 2008. He was considered a probable for the game despite being removed from the Week 5 loss in Cincinnati, but his absence from practice the last three days lessens his chance to be active.
Patriots starting defensive tackle Tommy Kelly remained sidelined from practice on Thursday, per ESPN. Kelly was removed from the Week 5 loss in Cincinnati with a knee injury, but was soon deemed a likely participant in the game this Sunday against New Orleans.
His continued absence from practice could threaten an end to his streak of starting every game since 2008.