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Malcolm Kelly on IR: Is this is last year as a Skin?

Malcolm Kelly was placed on injured reserve today, marking the end of this season for him. The question is, will this be his last season as a Washington Redskin?

In my opinion Kelly has many tools to be a successful NFL receiver, but unfortunately for him and fans he has not been healthy enough to prove it. The 6-foot-4, 226-pound Kelly was drafted in 2008 in the 2nd round, and so far draft day clearly has been the highlight of his short professional career. I would not be surprised if it's his last great memory in the nation's capital.

Kelly has given the Redskins very little reason to keep him on this team. On the other hand, I'm sure the Redskins have looked at this from multiple angles, including the salary cap implications of just releasing him. If the Redskins have to pay him whether he is on or off the team, why not keep him around and rehab him while having him learn Mike Shanahan's offense, then re-evaluate him after the season, long before free agency and the draft. I would imagine this is how Shanahan and Bruce Allen are thinking. In the grand scheme of things Kelly's base salary is less than half a million dollars, which is a relatively small number in an uncapped year.

One thing that's for certain: Kelly better have the most phenomenal results possible during this season of rehabbing and learning. If he does what he is asked to do all year, then one would think that he will have at least one more opportunity to don a Redskins uniform.

What are your thoughts and opinions on Malcolm Kelly being placed on injured reserve?

By LaVar Arrington  |  August 31, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
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At first, I was extremely disappointed in the lack of production from the skins third year receivers. They could have drafted Desean Jackson or Eddie royal. But once I looked up that draft, i noticed that there were so many 2nd round busts at that position like Donnie Avery, Limas Sweed, Jordy Nelson, James Hardy, Jerome Simpson, and Dexter Jackson. I guess Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas were just two of a hand full of disappointing 2nd round wide receivers in that draft.

Posted by: nfcBEaST | August 31, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Time to cut our losses with Kelly and move on. He has never been healthy with the skins. Matter of fact, he was never healthy when he was in college. This was a Vinny blunder pick and we should be done with it. Good luck to Kelly... I think you are an outstanding young man, but your value to the franchise is no longer tangible.

Devin Thomas on the other hand should be given a shot this year to prove his worth, or bye-bye to him too.

By the way, haven't seen much of Fred Davis this year.... I was hoping he would supplant Cooley as the #1 TE on the team.

Posted by: skinfannomore | August 31, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse


I agree with you that this should be D. Thomas' last year to prove himself, but, as LaVar points out, the Redskins have nothing to lose by IRing Kelly and giving him a chance to compete and show he can stay healthy coming into camp next year. He could probably benefit from the year off to rehab while getting to know the offense, plus he's still young.

As for your comments regarding "Sleepy" Fred Davis, you need to chill out. He's going to be a solid contributor this year. There is no reason to get wound up about him not putting up big numbers in pre-season. He does have a TD catch and looks to be coming along nicely in the new offense. But, replacing Cooley as the starting tight end? He still has a ways to go before taking the Pro Bowler's job. There are plenty of balls to go around and we are a better team with both of them on the field.

Enjoy the season!

Go Skins!

Posted by: JFinver | August 31, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

This may workout best for all parties. It allows Kelly to rehab and learn the system. It saves the Redskins from having to face the decision of cutting a former 2nd round pick. Let him get healthy and we will return to this debate next year. Let's keep Moss, Galloway, Armstrong, Thomas, Austin, and Roydell Williams

Posted by: terp95 | August 31, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

You make a great case for keeping him in the barn for another year. The cost is not that great for the "potential". If he doesn't blow up secondaries a year from now, though, pink slip time.

And since you asked for our opinions, I have a funny feeling you might actually read them. Wow! Too bad Mike Wise didn't go to PSU journalism school.

Posted by: McLobo | August 31, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Kelly is done in D.C. Just like Lavar!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 31, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

cut the entire batch of bums. they don't have a single widout that starts for Detroit. Wow, and take that turtle Portis with you. Kick these scrubs out, take four solid drafts, build a team for 10 years, and maybe win something of consequence like some class. The skins are "khair-taing"

Posted by: doyouktt | August 31, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

@skinfannomore, Why are you here?

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 31, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

LaVar I'd much rather you duked it out with CP -- that's much more entertaining.

Posted by: 44fx2901 | August 31, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

It would seem really stupid for him to not be at training camp next year. At one point we had a dozen recievers in camp this year. IMO he would have made the team if healthy and considering the circumstances of the misdiagnosis, he deserves another shot. He fills a significant void in our recieving corps and its a shame that things went down the way they did. We should have put him on pup list right of the bat.

Hope you like your new gig 56. Keep em comin

Posted by: jmb_421 | August 31, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

To: vexed50verizonnet

Last time I checked it's still a free country and blog.... what's your beef?

Why are you here, other than to make stupid statements that has no relevance to the discussion....

Stop hating!!

Posted by: skinfannomore | August 31, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Cut him loose. Maybe someone else can deal with his fragile state. I hear Tiffany's is hiring.

Posted by: doctortechie | August 31, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

He was soft and injury-prone at OU, and he's soft and injury-prone in the NFL. Why anyone thought that would change is hard to imagine.

Oh, right — another genius pick by Vinny the Idiot.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | August 31, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Good luck this season with your midget WR corps Redskins fans.

Posted by: jbworldwide | August 31, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

"has" no relevance?? Oh well

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | September 1, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

You make some excellent points. While he may have the tools, I think the Redskins need to let him go. To me it is too much of a risk to keep him. Let's say the Skins keep him on the team. He comes back next season and under performs. What then?

Posted by: stewarthaas1439 | September 1, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Lavar, I agree with you for the most part but I believe he needs to be let go. Hold on to him at the latest half the season to monitor his rehab and learning of the offense. Even then there no guarantee he is going to come back and produce for this team. If you hold onto him and this happens again thats time wasted on moving on and filling in a replacement. I feel the odds of dropping him and moving on out weigh the risk of keeping him and play the waiting game.

Posted by: kevioconnor | September 1, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Time to move on.

Posted by: linroy62 | September 1, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

@skinfannomore, So I guess you're a Cowboys fan now, right?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | September 1, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Considering it's doubtful another team would pluck Malcolm Kelly off waivers, maybe it's time to punt and never let Vinny Cerrato near a draft board ever again?

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | September 1, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Give Malcolm a chance to rehab better this year. Keep in mind, Joey Galloway missed almost an entire season with a hammy issue, as well as 2 other seasons with hammy nickups. Santana worked through his hammy stuff. Give the young man a chance - he has a great attitude and can turn the corner - IR doesn't hurt the Skins much at all.

Posted by: terptek | September 1, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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