Since getting drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft, Malcolm Kelly has 28 catches, no touchdowns and way too many injuries.
This year, of course, was supposed to be different.
“Completely healthy and little bit better shape,” Kelly told Rick Maese at the beginning of camp.
And then he got injured again, and now he isn’t practicing, and so he gave Kelli Johnson of Comcast SportsNet probably the saddest interview of training camp. Redskins rules prohibit me from posting the video here, but you can watch it on CSN’s site. Bear in mind that Kelly was shaking his head from side to side and bearing the sad grin of knowing resignation throughout this entire clip.
“It just is what it is, man,” he said. “I mean, I’m to the point that I’m so frustrated with it, I’ve gotten to the point now where I just do what I can. I don’t know what it is. You know what I’m saying? There’s so much I want to say, and I know there’s so many questions people want to ask, but the answers? I don’t know. I don’t know how stuff just keeps....”
And here he shrugged, the shrug of a man who can shrug no more forever.
“You’ve got to feel snake-bitten,” Johnson pointed out.
“I really do,” Kelly said. “I really do. like I’m in a big barrel full of snakes and I just can’t get out. I can’t explain it really. The way you think I’m probably feeling, or the way you think how I should be feeling, I’m feeling that times two. It’s really unexplainable, really.”
Finally, Johnson brought up the fact that he sort of needs to practice to make this team, and that he’s asking coaches yet again to exercise patience.
“You know what, I’m hoping,” Kelly said. “But at the end of the day, I understand. I totally understand.”
Sad. If Kelly does not make the team, the Redskins will have just one of their top six picks from the 2008 draft on this year’s roster.