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Tommy Kelly placed on Patriots' injured reserve list

The New England Patriots suffered another season-ending loss to their defensive corps.

The team announced it placed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly on the injured reserve list with a knee injury, ending his season. The team signed offensive lineman Josh Kline to take Kelly's roster spot.

Kelly was signed in the offseason, started five games and had 2.5 sacks before being injured in Week 5. He was inactive the last three contests.

It's another big blow for the Patriots' defense that is now without its two starting defensive tackles. Vince Wilfork already was placed on IR with a torn Achilles. Starting linebacker Jerod Mayo also is out for the season.

Kelly becomes the eighth player placed on IR by the injury-ravaged Patriots, per the Boston Globe.

The addition of defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga, who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Philadelphia Eagles, now becomes even more important.

Bill Belichick's defense will have to mix-and-match players and defensive schemes during the second half of the season to make up for the plethora of injuries.

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