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Tommy Kelly | Defensive Lineman

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/27/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 310
College: Mississippi State
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Cardinals signed DT Tommy Kelly.
Kelly, entering his age-34 season, was cut by the Patriots on Sunday. Once a strong interior pass rusher with the Raiders, Kelly is trying to come back from a torn ACL. He'll try and earn a roster spot before final cuts on Saturday. Aug 27 - 3:13 PM

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Free agent DL Tommy Kelly will visit the Cardinals.

Kelly was cut loose by the Patriots on Sunday. The Cardinals are looking for bodies up front after losing LE Darnell Dockett (ACL). Kelly, 33, was limited to five games last season by a torn ACL. He might not have anything left.
Aug 25 - 4:58 PM

Patriots released DT Tommy Kelly.

Kelly was trying to come back from a torn ACL at age 33.
Aug 24 - 5:28 PM

Tommy Kelly was on the field in pads during the Patriots' practice Saturday morning.

The veteran defensive lineman started camp on the active/PUP list, but was quickly activated. Set to make only $1.85 million this season, Kelly could be an affordable depth piece along the Pats' defensive line.
Source: WEEI.com
Jul 26 - 12:56 PM

Patriots DT Tommy Kelly (ACL) is participating in this week's minicamp.

"I feel fine, it's just getting back to making moves and knocking the rust off," Kelly said Tuesday. "I'm not too worried about my knee." Although he's signed for an affordable $1.85 million, the 33-year-old Kelly won't be assured of cracking the 53-man roster as defensive-line depth.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 17 - 5:22 PM

Patriots DT Tommy Kelly restructured his contract, clearing $800,000 in salary cap space.

He's now on a one-year, $1.85 million deal with another $645,000 available through playing-time incentives. We're a bit surprised Kelly wasn't simply released outright. He is 33 years old and tore his right ACL in Week 5 last year. Kelly only has $100,000 guaranteed, so he won't be assured a roster spot.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 13 - 5:04 PM

Patriots DT Tommy Kelly's Week 5 knee injury was a torn right ACL.

It's interesting because Kelly told reporters after Week 5 that "everything is alright" with the knee. And he never played again. Losing Kelly and NT Vince Wilfork (Achilles') were huge in-season blows to a New England defense that wound up finishing 30th versus the run. Now owed $2.5 million in salary and bonuses at age 33, Kelly is a prime candidate for offseason release.
Jan 20 - 2:42 PM

Patriots placed DT Tommy Kelly on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Kelly had missed the last three games due to the injury and may have suffered a setback after attempting to practice on a limited basis this week. With Vince Wilfork already out for the year, his loss leaves New England without both of their starting defensive tackles for the rest of the season. The Patriots will now go with a rotation of Isaac Sopoaga, Chris Jones, and Joe Vellano. OL Josh Kline has been promoted from the practice squad to replace Kelly on the active roster.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Patriots DT Tommy Kelly (knee) has been ruled out for Week 9.

New England's run defense has fallen to No. 31 in the league's rankings with Kelly, Vince Wilfork, and Jerod Mayo out. Le'Veon Bell is up next.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 04:19:00 PM

Patriots DT Tommy Kelly (knee) has been ruled out for Week 6.

As has RB/KR Leon Washington (ankle). Kelly's absence means New England will be minus both starting defensive tackles after Vince Wilfork fell victim to a torn Achilles' tendon in Week 4. Expect lots of "Crazy Joe" Vellano.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 04:12:00 PM

Patriots DT Tommy Kelly (knee) missed practice again Friday and is not expected to play Sunday against the Saints.

It's a big loss, considering the Patriots already lost Vince Wilfork (Achilles') for the season last week. The Patriots will be forced to go with a combination of Joe Vellano, Chris Jones, and Andre Neblett at defensive tackle.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 10:55:00 AM

Patriots DT Tommy Kelly said "everything's all right" with his right knee after he departed Sunday's loss.

Kelly briefly played through the injury, but ultimately left the game for good in the fourth quarter. The fact that he played through the injury suggests it shouldn't hold him out for Week 6, but the Pats won't know for sure until he undergoes testing. New England can ill afford to lose Kelly after Vince Wilfork went down in Week 4.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 06:26:00 PM

Tommy Kelly's two-year contract with the Patriots has a maximum value of $5 million.

Kelly is only guaranteed $1M in the form of a signing bonus, but he has very realistic roster bonuses that make the $5M reasonably achievable. As ESPN Boston puts it, the contract "is a reflection that the team doesn't view Kelly as a player whose play has dramatically dropped off as he enters his 10th season." His exact role will be ironed out during training camp, but the long-time Raider is capable of playing both end in the 3-4 and tackle in 4-3 looks.
Source: ESPN Boston
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 09:10:00 AM

Patriots agreed to terms with DT Tommy Kelly on a two-year contract.

Kelly, 32, recorded 45 tackles and one sack in Oakland last year, starting all 16 games. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 74 defensive tackle among 85. At 6-foot-6, 300-plus pounds, Kelly offers flexibility to play end in 3-4 looks and rush from the interior on passing downs, although it remains to be seen how much he's got left. We suspect the Pats guaranteed Kelly little or no money.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 03:18:00 PM

Raiders released DT Tommy Kelly.

Kelly has spent his entire nine-year career in Oakland, but is coming off his worst campaign. His $6.5 million salary was untenable for a declining 32-year-old interior defensive lineman. The move frees up $4.775 million in cap space. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora expects Kelly to draw interest "pretty quickly," but that will depend on Kelly valuing himself realistically.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 09:44:00 PM

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