Malcolm Kelly was expected to return to the Redskins practice fields for the first time since July 29th, the opening day of training camp. However Kelly faced another setback when he re-injured his hamstring. This latest injury is considered a “good pull”. Kelly was expected to play in Arizona, but now it is unlikely he see the field at all this season.
I, like many others, presume he will be stashed on the injured reserve list. This coaching staff kept him on the roster this long without seeing anything, I expect his rights will at least be retained for the season.
This now leaves the wide receiver race wide open. Here are easy locks: Santana Moss, Joey Galloway, and Anthony Armstrong.
Initially, it was safe to assume Devin Thomas as a lock, but now that is seeming less likely by the day.
“It’s kind of up in the air. It could go either way. I don’t really know the scenario,” he said. “I’m just going to play my heart out, do what I got to do to stay on this team.”
Thomas only had 25 catches last season. This past Friday at the Jets, he did not even take one snap throughout the game. He will need a strong performance this Thursday at the Cardinals to really prove his worth on the team.
The Redskins also traded away Dennis Morris, a TE/FB, to the St. Louis Rams for linebacker Hall Davis. Mike Shanahan indicated that Morris had no shot at making this squad. The Redskins are awfully deep at tight end and fullback.
Donovan McNabb watched practiced today. His injury status has been up in the air after spraining his ankle vs. the Ravens. Some have questioned the likelyhood of him starting versus the Cowboys to open the season. Rich Tandler pointed out on his Twitter, however, that a if his injury were more severe he would be receiving treatment and not watching practice.
Clinton Portis also sprained his ankle at the Jets. His injury is not thought to be as serious as McNabb’s, but he will indeed sit out versus the Cardinals.