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Patriots’ Defensive Lineman Tommy Kelly Leaves With Knee Injury

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Patriots defensive lineman Tommy Kelly sacks Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Patriots defensive lineman Tommy Kelly sacks Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) –  An injury to the defensive line is the last thing the Patriots need after losing All Pro nose tackle Vince Wilfork last weekend, and there is concern they may have been dealt another blow on Sunday.

Tommy Kelly, who has thrived in his first five games as a Patriot, left Sunday’s 13-6 loss to the Bengals with a knee injury.

Kelly gave chase to Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton on a fourth quarter scramble, and fell to the ground untouched grabbing his knee. He walked off under his own power and briefly returned to the field, but left for good shortly after.

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss reported that Kelly said “everything’s good” in the Patriots’ locker room after the game, but the lineman wouldn’t elaborate.

Kelly had three tackles and a sack against the Bengals, giving him 1.5 sacks on the season. Losing the lineman for any period of time would be another blow to a defensive line already trying to replace a key contributor.

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