The New England Patriots took the field Wednesday to begin their preparation for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. The Patriots received some good news as they hit the practice field Wednesday as running back Stevan Ridley was back at practice after missing all of last week with a knee injury.
However, as Ridley returned, three three other players missed Wednesday's practice. Running back Leon Washington, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and rookie defensive lineman Michael Buchanan were all absent from the practice field.
Washington left Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with an ankle injury while Kelly left the game with a knee injury. It is unclear why Buchanan was absent, however, that will be cleared up once the injury report comes out later today.
The Kelly injury is something to watch as the Patriots have already lost Vince Wilfork to season ending surgery on his achilles. Without Kelly the Patriots defensive tackle spot is very thin and inexperienced as they only have rookies Joe Vellano and Chris Jones as well as first year man Marcus Fortson and rookie A.J. Francis spending time on the practice squad.
The Patriots did try to address the position earlier today as they signed third year defensive tackle Aaron Neblett. Neblett played all three seasons in Carolina and started seven games for the Panthers during that time span.
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