Patriots get Tommy Kelly and Vince Wilfork back in team drills

AP

The middle of the Patriots’ defensive line got torn apart by injuries last season, but it looks like things are shaping up for New England to have both of their veteran defensive tackles back in the lineup this year.

We already knew that Vince Wilfork was doing well enough to shimmy his way through preparing ribs for a family meal and Tuesday brought good news on the Tommy Kelly front as well. Kelly and Wilfork took part in some 11-on-11 drills during Tuesday’s practice at the Patriots minicamp, the first time they have worked together since Wilfork tore his Achilles in late September. Kelly went down the next week with a torn ACL, but says that he’s not worried about his knee after months of rehab and also has little concern about Wilfork’s ability to bounce back this year.

“Pretty much what I know of V, I think V is going to be all right,” Kelly said, via the Boston Herald. “He’s a very hard worker and he’s the type of person that once he commits his mind to something, he’s going to get it done. I don’t think we should worry too much about him. He’s going to be OK.”

With first-round pick Dominique Easley also available at the position, the Patriots should not experience a recurrence of their issues on the interior of the line as long as everyone stays healthy. That’s a big if given their injury histories and the age of Kelly and Wilfork, but all is looking well so far in New England.

15 responses to “Patriots get Tommy Kelly and Vince Wilfork back in team drills

  1. .
    After losing Wilfork, Kelly, and leading tackler LB Jerod Mayo early in the season, it’s a wonder that the Patriots defense stopped anyone.

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  2. Every team has injuries but who else is getting back the equivalent of Kelly, Wilfork, Mayo, Vollmer and Gronwowski?

  3. Two of the oldest guys on the team coming back from serious injuries find a way to get themselves back on the field. Everyone else is running out of excuses real quick.

  4. I know it’s pre-preseason, but I’m feeling hopeful that the Defense could once again actually be good enough to win a championship.

  5. pastabelly101 says:
    Jun 18, 2014 11:34 AM
    Every team has injuries but who else is getting back the equivalent of Kelly, Wilfork, Mayo, Vollmer and Gronwowski?
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    The Raiders get back DMac, Murray, Branch, Ausberry, Criner and Hayden.

    Thats a lot more impact on the field for them.

  6. One has to think that if the Patriots D wasn’t playing with 2nd and 3rd stringers last year they could have gone further than the AFC Championship game (even though consistently getting that far is used as “proof” the Pats “can’t win” by the haters)

    Getting all those guys back, plus Easley, PLUS Revis and Browner at CB and the Patriots potentially have a Defense that’s going to make Denver look like – well, Denver against the Seahawks.

    The offense should only get better with Gronkowkski and Amendola back from injuries and other upgrades and improvements as well

    Seems like the haters are going to have a lot to hate about the Patriots this season

  7. pastabelly101 says:Jun 18, 2014 11:34 AM

    Every team has injuries but who else is getting back the equivalent of Kelly, Wilfork, Mayo, Vollmer and Gronwowski?
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    You can forget aboutGronkowski…..he will get a nose bleed in a team meeting and be out the rest of the year.

  8. The Raiders get back DMac, Murray, Branch, Ausberry, Criner and Hayden.

    Thats a lot more impact on the field for them.

    Good one. For a second I almost thought you were serious.

  9. I knew Vince would be back in time. Everybody knows ribs are good for you. Now if a few receivers can really step up they could do some serious damage this year.

  10. the reason we the patriots lost the last 2 superbowl s to the geeees!!! are defense could not make a stop at the end of the game! so are defense was built with the idea of lining up in in press coverage ala the le….of boom if that works out like b check thinks it will we will be in the super bowl with a great chance every year to get there and win it period !war patriots

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