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Looming cuts can make some Patriots uneasy

FOXBOROUGH — This would have been Tommy Kelly’s 11th season in the NFL.

Between New England and Oakland, the 33-year-old Kelly had appeared in 134 career games. During exhibition games and practices, the defensive tackle had been grinding in the trenches alongside Vince Wilfork and their first-team counterparts. In the offseason, Kelly accepted a pay cut that whacked nearly $1 million off his existing contract.

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