The Patriots lost defensive tackle Tommy Kelly to a torn ACL early last season and it looks like they’ll wait a little bit longer before letting him cut loose in a full training camp practice.
Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com reports that Kelly is one of five players who will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Wide receiver Aaron Dobson, whose return from foot surgery was generating optimism he’d be ready on day one, is also headed to the list along with cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, special teams ace Matt Slater and rookie wide receiver Jeremy Gallon.
You’ll likely notice that neither tight end Rob Gronkowski nor defensive tackle Vince Wilfork are on that list, although they could still be given the designation at any point before taking part in a practice.
Yates also reports that first-round pick Dominique Easley will start his first camp on the Non-Football Injury list after tearing his ACL at Florida last season. Running back Roy Finch, linebacker Deontae Skinner and tackle Chris Martin are also headed to the NFL list. Those players and the ones on the PUP list can be activated at any point in camp.