Former Patriots DT Kelly signs with Arizona

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes between New England Patriots defensive end Will Smith (90) and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (93) during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed Tommy Kelly, two days after he was cut by the New England Patriots.

The 33-year-old Kelly is coming off surgery to repair a torn ACL but was playing with the Patriots’ first-team defense this preseason before he was cut.

The Cardinals were in the market for a tackle after Darnell Dockett went down with a season-ending knee injury.

Kelly played nine seasons with the Oakland Raiders before moving to the Patriots last year. He played in five games for the Patriots before the knee injury ended his season.

Kelly started every game for Oakland his last five years with the Raiders.

To make room for Kelly, the Cardinals released defensive lineman Ryan McBean.

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