Patriots rule out DT Kelly for Sunday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran defensive tackle Tommy Kelly has been ruled out for the New England Patriots' game against the visiting New Orleans Saints with a right knee injury, the team declared on its injury report.

Kelly injured the knee in last Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. This leaves the Patriots without their two opening-day starters at defensive tackle, as Vince Wilfork is on season-ending injured reserve with a torn Achilles.

That leaves them with their third-, fourth- and fifth-string options at defensive tackle -- rookies Joe Vellano and Chris Jones and four-year veteran Andre Neblett, who was signed Wednesday.

On Neblett, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, "He has some experience, played at Carolina and Tampa in preseason; we played against him. He has good playing strength and he's played a decent number of plays over the past three years, couple hundred plays a year, so he has some experience."

Belichick said the 6-foot, 310-pound Neblett has played both three-technique (outside shade on guard) and nose tackle.

The Patriots also ruled out veteran running back Leon Washington (ankle), while tight end Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) is officially questionable.

Here are the full injury reports: