Patriots thin up front as Kelly misses another day

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The middle of the Patriots defensive line is starting to look like their wide receiving corps of recent weeks.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, veteran defensive tackle Tommy Kelly missed his second straight day of practice with a right knee injury, which puts his status for Sunday’s game against the Saints in doubt.

Kelly was injured last week against the Bengals and tried to return, but couldn’t finish the game. Already thinned by the loss of Vince Wilfork (see what I did there?), the Patriots would have to rely on rookies Joe Vellano and Chris Jones along with journeyman Andre Neblett if Kelly can’t recover.

Veteran running back Leon Washington was also held out of practice for the second straight day with an ankle injury.