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Patriots get Tommy Kelly and Vince Wilfork back in team drills

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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.

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15 Responses to “Patriots get Tommy Kelly and Vince Wilfork back in team drills”
  1. dcpatfan says: Jun 18, 2014 11:17 AM

    SUPERBOWL!!!

  2. 6ball says: Jun 18, 2014 11:22 AM

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

    .

  3. 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?

  4. dlk47823 says: Jun 18, 2014 11:37 AM

    They may get there again, but we all know they won’t win another one.

  5. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 18, 2014 11:42 AM

    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.

  6. coldwater32301 says: Jun 18, 2014 11:52 AM

    The Patriots just need to “cut” Brady right now don’t even waste another season lol…Sincerely a Phins Fan…

  7. dsigrey says: Jun 18, 2014 11:54 AM

    That’s a big if given their injury histories and the age of Kelly and Wilfork

    What history for Wilfork???

  8. iamapatsfan says: Jun 18, 2014 11:54 AM

    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.

  9. racerx1225 says: Jun 18, 2014 11:57 AM

    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?
    ===================================

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

    Thats a lot more impact on the field for them.

  10. j0esixpack says: Jun 18, 2014 12:04 PM

    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

  11. billswillnevermove says: Jun 18, 2014 12:18 PM

    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.

  12. tedmurph says: Jun 18, 2014 12:32 PM

    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.

  13. surfinbird1 says: Jun 18, 2014 1:59 PM

    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.

  14. funpatsmon777 says: Jun 18, 2014 3:51 PM

    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

  15. txraiderfan says: Jun 18, 2014 4:04 PM

    Kelly is darn good. He’s borders on great during the one out of every four plays he decides to actually make an effort

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