Friday Injury Report: Almost perfect attendance, but Tommy Kelly is out Sunday

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, you guessed incorrectly if you thought that the New England Patriots would go a full week with perfect practice attendance. After 100 percent participation on Wednesday and Thursday, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly was missing from Friday's practice with his still lingering knee injury.

Kelly reportedly suffered a setback sometime this week and is out for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fortunately, the Patriots will be less thin on the interior defensive line because of the acquisition of veteran nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga. Along with the youngsters -- Chris Jones, Joe Vellano, and Marcus Forston -- the line will need to play strong against the Steelers' rushing attack.

Reports suggest that cornerback Aqib Talib still looks hampered by his hip injury, but he has taken positive strides this week after being limited all three practices. Talib is questionable, but there is a solid chance that he suits up this weekend, as is the case with cornerback Kyle Arrington, who has been hampered by a groin injury.

The same can be said for kick returner Leon Washington, who could drastically improve the Patriots' 19th-ranked kick return unit. Washington has returned eight kickoffs for touchdowns in his career, which is tied for the most in NFL history, but he has only attempted one return this year for the Patriots.

Every other player on the injury report, including quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder), wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin), and tight end Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm/hamstring), are all listed as probable.

Here is this week's full injury report for the New England Patriots:

Name Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday's Status
DT Tommy Kelly Knee Limited Limited Out OUT
CB Kyle Arrington Groin Limited Limited Limited Questionable
CB Aqib Talib Hip Limited Limited Limited Questionable
RB Leon Washington Ankle Limited Limited Limited Questionable
WR Danny Amendola Groin Limited Limited Limited Probable
RB Brandon Bolden Knee Limited Limited Limited Probable
OL Marcus Cannon Shoulder Limited Limited Limited Probable
WR Julian Edelman Thigh Limited Limited Limited Probable
QB Tom Brady Right Shoulder Full Limited Limited Probable
TE Rob Gronkowski Back/Forearm/Hamstring Limited Limited Limited Probable
WR Matthew Slater Wrist Full Full Full Probable
TE Michael Hoomanawanui Knee Limited Limited ----- -----
DB Tavon Wilson Hamstring Limited Limited ----- -----

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