Setback Could Land Kelly on IR

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly has suffered another setback in his recovery from knee problems, Coach Jim Zorn said, and the Redskins could opt to put him on the injured reserve list by the end of the week. The move would end Kelly's season.

Kelly was unable to practice yesterday after his knee swelled again, Zorn said. It has been drained frequently since his preseason knee surgery, and Kelly has been unable to play or practice regularly. He will undergo another MRI exam today.

"It swelled up again in the last couple of days," Zorn said, adding the team will decide whether to continue giving Kelly time to get healthy or opt for "another guy."

The fact that Kelly, a second-round pick (51st overall) out of Oklahoma, has had problems running correct routes in practice and had lagged in learning the offense may work against him. The Redskins could re-sign Maurice Mann or Burl Toler, free agents who participated in training camp, should they opt to end Kelly's season. . . .

Quarterback Jason Campbell said his groin is feeling pretty good. He said he is doing extra stretching and is trying to avoid aggravating the injury. Doctors told him to improve his flexibility, if possible, to prevent against further tightness.

"I've got a mandatory 10-20 minutes of extra stretching every day to get loose," he said. "Flexibility is a big part of everything I do." . . .

Running back Ladell Betts and cornerback Shawn Springs are not likely to play Sunday, and Zorn said he may decide to hold defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin out to rest his injured shoulder.

Defensive end Jason Taylor said he is probably playing at 60 percent or so after his calf surgery but is feeling better. Zorn said the calf has "a lot less bleeding and a lot less oozing" this week, and Taylor is also wearing a smaller bandage to protect the incision. The worry is always infection, but Zorn remains pleased with how hard Taylor has pushed himself.

Portis Takes What's Given

Clinton Portis said he is enjoying his status as the league leader in rushing but figures teams will adjust. The Redskins are exploiting opponents' use of a fair amount of cover-2 defenses, with moderate numbers of defenders around the line.

Portis joked, "I don't mind if we throw the ball some."

S. Taylor Honored

Former teammates and coaches of Sean Taylor are invited to attend the first annual Sean Taylor Classic at the University of Miami on Nov. 8-9, the Greater Miami Pop Warner League announced.

Taylor, who died last year of a gunshot wound after intruders broke into his Miami area home, got his start in football with the local league, which renamed its annual bowl weekend -- now in its 37th season -- to honor Taylor's memory.

For more information or to donate, contact the Greater Miami Pop Warner League Inc., c/o Frank Gowin, 8700 SW 159 St., Palmetto Bay, FL 33157, or http://miamipopwarner.org/index.html.

Staff writer Amy Shipley, in Miami, contributed to this report.

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