It’s hard to remember that New England Patriots defensive tackle Tommy Kelly is nursing an injury of his own given the number of injuries to other Patriots players this season. But it’s not looking good right now for Kelly, who promised that his injury wasn’t a big deal.
Let’s rewind to Week 5 when the Patriots visited the Cincinnati Bengals. Kelly tweaked his knee in this game, but still attempted to play through it. Eventually, the knee injury would knock Kelly out for the rest of the game. However, the fact that the defensive tackle could play through the injury at first a good sign. Then came Kelly’s aforementioned guarantee that he would be alright. Well he hasn’t been alright at all.
Kelly has missed the last two games with this knee injury. It makes no sense after he briefly played through it and said that he would be fine moving forward. The only logical deduction is that Kelly’s knee injury is worst than most of us expected.
It just gets worse from here. Kelly has been listed as “Did not participate” in practice for this week. That puts him on track to miss his third straight game, and this loss will continue to affect the Patriots.
Kelly has recorded 2.5 sacks in about five games so far for the Patriots. That kind of production would put Kelly on pace for eight sacks in a full season. Obviously that isn’t likely to happen now, but Kelly has been a difference-making player for the Patriots in his short tenure. He’s a very good pass-rushing defensive tackle who pushes the pocket. Hopefully he is healthy as soon as possible.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.