Fellow veteran receivers Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Donte Stallworth and Anthony Armstrong, along with second-year wideout Terrence Austin, had solid showings in Washington’s preseason opener against Pittsburgh.
“It is difficult watching, but it’s to the point where I’m like, ‘You know what, I’m not going to sit here and stress.’” Kelly said. “I’ll worry about it when I can do something about it. I can’t do nothing about it until it feels right.”
Kelly last training camp was sidelined by a strained hamstring and ended up spending the whole year on injured reserve. He suffered that injury while training with quarterback Donovan McNabb in Arizona the week before training camp, and aggravated the strain on the first day of camp. He tried to return late in camp, but re-injured the same hamstring and then was placed on IR.
Kelly said last year’s experience of trying to return before he was truly healthy has made him more cautious this season.
“That’s one thing I’ve always said, after going through last year’s situation, I’ve said, ‘If it’s not right, I’m not going out there.’” Kelly said. “Coach Shanahan told me the same thing. We’re not going to make that mistake again.”
But Kelly, whom Washington selected in the second round of the 2008 draft, is running out of time. “
“It’s hard to make the club when you’re not practicing,” Shanahan said on Monday.
Shanahan also said the team will wait another “few days” and then have another MRI and X-ray done on Kelly’s foot.