The Patriots won’t show their hand one way or the other on Friday about Gronkowski’s status. We’ll have to wait to find out whether he’ll make his 2013 debut, although there will be no need for patience when it comes to defensive tackle Tommy Kelly’s status.
Kelly has been ruled out of Sunday’s game because of the knee injury that knocked him out late in last week’s loss to the Bengals. With Kelly and Vince Wilfork out, the Patriots will turn to Joe Vellano, Chris Jones and Andre Neblett in the middle of the defensive line against New Orleans.
Source: Josh Alper, NBC Sports, Pro Football Talk Patriots Kelly Out, Gronkowski Questionable Vs Saints by Kate Reiter