Re: The defense going forward
posted at 1/25/2014 2:34 PM EST
In response to DeadAhead2's comment:
As for Kelly, he ain't going anywhere. His best s hot is here for a ring. He knows that. So does Vince. The good news with him is, his ACL happened so early in the year, he has some time to get back, even if it's Week 10 or whatever the extended PUP list thingy is.
With Vince hopefully working alongside Kelly, maybe Mayo on site, each pushing one another in rehab, my money is on them all to come back with a vengeance even if not strong out of the gate.
Monday, January 20, 2014 Print Email Be the first to comment By: Karen Guregian
Tommy Kelly was in the Patriots locker room today, just as he has been on a several other occasions since suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Patriots Week 5 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The defensive tackle was having a good year, and had helped give the interior of the defensive line some push up front before his right knee gave out during the Bengals game.
Kelly didn't want to go into great detail about the knee problem, but mentioned he had the injury before, which was a torn ACL. Kelly underwent surgery to repair the knee and is well into his rehab.
''It was hard, but at the end of the day, it's football,'' said Kelly. ''This ain't my first injury. I've had the same injury twice. So I've been through it, been through the rehab, so I'm very confident I'll be okay, because I've come back from it.''
It will be interesting to see what the Patriots do with the 33-year-old lineman. They would save $2.5 million against the cap by cutting him. For his part, Kelly would love to come back, and is hoping to stay. That might mean having to re-work the final year of his deal.
''I want to finish the deal,'' Kelly said. ''Coach Belichick gave me the opportunity to help the team. I want to finish the deal. I want to hold up my end of the obligation. He gave me a s hot. I don't feel like I fulfilled what I came here to do. I have another chance. I just gotta get my knee right.''
Kelly indicated he planned on remaining in the area to finish out his rehab with the Patriots training staff.
Should be interesting, I didn't realize they can save that much by cutting him, that makes it even more interesting. Sounds like he may be willing to restructure - and he should - a guy like him, at his age, coming of a acl tear has no leverage. I don't care that he tore it before...when was that? College? Things are different when you are 33. Kelly sounds like a stand up guy (which is rare), I have no doubt he wants to do the right thing, I just don't know if his body will let him.
Keeping him around (or not) will depend on what's out there and who we may be able to bring in here. Too me Kelly would be nice coming in off the bench to give a younger talent a break, anything more than that and we aren't going to be better up front...same for Vince.