Kelly Recovering from Microfracture Surgery

Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly said he plans to be fully cleared to participate in June's organized team activities and was relieved that his latest knee surgery was not as extensive as first thought. Kelly, who had a history of knee issues in college and as a rookie last year, underwent microfracture surgery in February, with doctors having to do less repair work than they'd anticipated.

"They thought they were going to have to microfracture the whole thing," Kelly said. "But when they went in they found it had healed up a lot more than they thought, so they just had to microfracture a little part. And I actually had a little bone that they shaved down a little bit, and that really helped out a lot of the stuff. When they went and did that and finally fixed it instead of just trying to clean it up, like the first time, it helped out a whole lot."

A procedure that would have involved his entire knee would have put him months behind where he is now. "When you have to do the whole knee there's a bigger risk," Kelly said.

Kelly is doing drills on a side field during minicamp, but said he is optimistic that his knee problems are behind him. Kelly's knee routinely swelled up throughout last season and he was unable to practice for more than a few weeks at a time. Kelly said his flexibility is better than ever.

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 1, 2009; 6:05 PM ET
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please god let him be a beast!

Posted by: Salinas1 | May 1, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Imagine how hungry he is to play.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | May 1, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I think he's going to be sick. 12 TD's!!!

Posted by: Salinas1 | May 1, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

He'd better heal up by camp or year-long IR is waiting... I wouldn't be surprised if he's not pushed by Marko Mitchell.

Posted by: siris | May 1, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Please just let him practice. Baby steps.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | May 1, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Honestly as much as we bag on the second rounders from last year(and rightfully so) do we really need them to do much for our offense to be better. If they combined for 50-60 catches(very doable between the three of them) wouldn't that make us alot better. I don't think any of these guys have to be Jerry Rice next year for us to succeed we just need a couple more catches especially in the red zone where moss and ARE struggle.

Posted by: SteveK25 | May 1, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

It will be a big year from him. However, I am sure some of you will have something negative to say.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | May 1, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey screw you JM220! Negative post over...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | May 1, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

We need Moss to stay healthy, ARE to stay healthy and 1 young WR to step up. I don't really care which one. Whoever does, is gonna get paid. Whoever doesn't, your cup of coffee career is pretty much over.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 1, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The Skins are smart to try out Orakpo at LB. Think we could trade Orakpo and next year's #1 for Curry?

I'll give it a rest, eventually.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 1, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

sick is right, as not going to be able to play . another stupid pick!!!!

worst front office since Mike Didka with the Saints!!

Posted by: harbinder28 | May 1, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I personally know how hard it is to recover from knee surgery. I expect Kelly won't be at the top of his abilities until mid-season. Having said that, it doesn't take much to stand in the end zone like a tree a nd leap to catch balls that are over the heads of runt-sized cornerbacks. I think Kelly will help the most in the red zone, and I hope he has put these knee injuries behind him.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 1, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Is Randle-El still the #2 receiver?

He should be the #4 receiver!

Posted by: rickyroge | May 1, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Periculum.....On draft day some other more diligent commenter completely debunked your assertion that orapko is too small to be an every down player by listing the stats of a good dozen of the best pass rushing DE's in the league. Orapko is as big or bigger than all of them.

Bullcrappy ... In fact just before this minicamp Casserly and Jason Reid reiterated the fact that his size was too small. Foresaw him playing SLB and maybe some end on passing downs. Or didn't you bother to watch the video posted here. He is a tweener dude. He is NOT a Haynesworth, NOT A JULIUS PEPPERS, NOT, definitely NOT A and never will be a Reggie White!

Don't you even bother to follow this blog? Sheeesh

Haynesworth will likely end up playing a lot of END ON PASSING DOWNS JUST LIKE HE DID IN TENNESSEE! Carter is a pass rusher at RDE where do you put Orapko? YOU put him where he is strongest on the edge going around Haynesworth.

Where is your proof dude? Unless you have proof you should shut it. Mine is right here on this blog on that little video WaPo produced and right here:

Besides relaxing Haynesworth's technical burdens, Washburn created other avenues to help the tackle flourish. He used him as a ***** defensive end ***** on many passing downs, and would draw significant attention from tight ends and chips from running backs when doing so.

Haynesworth may be at end on many passing downs possibly or running downs depending on the rotation and how the scheme and chemistry with the other players pans out. He is capable of playing all 4 positions in the 4-3. Orapko IS NOT!!


PROOF where is your proof! Mine is our there on the practice field!!! On this blog all over?

Posted by: SteveK25 | May 1, 2009

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

ESPN on Orapko:

Stronger in the upper body than he is in the lower body. Explosive upper-body power. Can bench press 500-plus pounds and notched 31 reps (standard 225lbs) at the combine. Lacks ideal lower-body strength, though.Struggles to anchor at times versus bigger OL that can get into his body.

Lacks ideal base and will occasionally struggle when teams run at him. Bigger OT's can move him if they get into his body. However, he is an effective run stopper when he stays on the move.[LINEBACKERS stay on the move.] Much improved in this area. Does a good job of using his strong arms and quick hands to keep blockers off his pads temporarily. Shows awareness and is a strong tackler.

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey screw you JM220! Negative post over...

Posted by: scampbell1975

I always knew you had eyes for me. LOL

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | May 1, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I have a good feeling about this Marko Mitchell kid. It maybe time to cut the cord with James Thrash. If Thomas, Kelly and K. Dub could push Moss and Randle El hard in preseason, our WR corps will be looking crucial!
No more 5 foot something guys unless they're burners.

Posted by: elfreako | May 1, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Orakpo has LB speed and with Albert in front of him, he'll have some gaps to fly thu. Give it a try.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 1, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Depending on what happens with Devin Thomas and Fred Davis I think you may see him moved to #4. With Cooley taking his slot. They have a lot of receivers again.

As far as Kelly, let's face it he's a project. I wouldn't expect much. That appears to be how Redskins management is approaching it. Anything he can do is a bonus at this point.

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey screw you JM220! Negative post over...

Posted by: scampbell1975

I always knew you had eyes for me. LOL

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | May 1, 2009 6:59 PM |

It's nice to see that some on here still have a sense of humor.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | May 1, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

scampbell1975 you had me laughing hard on that one. Geat job

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | May 1, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Periculum.....On draft day some other more diligent commenter completely debunked your assertion that orapko is too small ..

WHO, WHEN, WHERE, WHAT ... NO EVIDENCE, NO PROOF, nothing but a bunch of horse hockey is what you are throwing up here dude? Blache put him at SLB NOT DE. That starts my evidence. I have produced the rationale behind that decision right before your eyes here. So, there was even more! Where is yours?

Posted by: SteveK25 | May 1, 2009

More messages in a bottle from some other flounder.

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

After Agreeing to Huge Contract, Redskins May Be Wise to Let Haynesworth Freelance

By Jason La Canfora
Saturday, February 28, 2009

For a good five years, Jim Washburn tried to buck Albert Haynesworth. The Tennessee Titans' defensive line coach wanted to mold the fiery defensive tackle into a prototypical lineman, harping on technique and footwork, clashing repeatedly with his most gifted pupil.

"I realized I had to cut my losses," Washburn said by telephone from his office yesterday, hours after the Washington Redskins signed Haynesworth to the richest contract ever for a defensive player in the NFL. "I stopped trying to make him a technique player. After a while, I adapted to him and what he does and stopped trying to fight to make him a conventional tackle. He's a non-traditional player, and I think the coaches there will find that out.

And after the production Washburn helped cull from this athlete -- altering the scope and alignment of his entire line to suit Haynesworth's abilities -- it would make little sense to try to force him into such confines now.

"I want to be able to attack my gap, make plays and everybody make plays off of me," said Haynesworth, who regularly beats double-teams. "I want to do almost the same thing I did in Tennessee."

Blache's tackles generally bear immense run responsibilities -- his scheme is based on simplicity and stopping the run above all else -- and primarily are utilized to absorb blockers to create room for linebackers to make plays. Haynesworth is used to firing off the line on instinct, relying on his size, strength and "God-given gifts," as Washburn put it, to surge through offensive linemen and make plays.

"If you try to rigid him down and say you have to play this stance, he'll tell them to [kiss off]," one NFL coach familiar with Haynesworth said. "The one thing Albert is really special at is rushing the passer from the inside, and he plays the run on the way to the pass. If you try to screw him down with run technique and stopping the run first, which is how they play, then that's really a disservice to his abilities."

Besides relaxing Haynesworth's technical burdens, Washburn created other avenues to help the tackle flourish. He used him as a ***** defensive end ***** on many passing downs, and would draw significant attention from tight ends and chips from running backs when doing so.

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Im callin it. marko mitchells gonna be a beast. youll see

Posted by: amsaul | May 1, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

periculum

go wash my car, kid. you don't know nothin about football.

Posted by: the_shocker1 | May 1, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

It's not funny, dammit!
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | May 1, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

More messages in a bottle from some other flounder.


Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2009 7:17 PM |

Don't put me in that mix I always come with facts.

Posted by: Flounder21 | May 1, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Sweet, we drafted a WR who needed microfracture surgery after his rookie season. Super job there scouting and medical departments. Let's see if we can't arrange some Wall Street-type bonuses for that good work.

Posted by: Fletch_F_Fletch | May 1, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

what number is higher? His career receptions or his career knee surguries?

Posted by: SFcapsfan | May 1, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Actually the Redskins had projected Kelly to be a first rounder last year.. he was their top pick.. but knew his value had slipped down due to knee problems. Came along the college's best WR and TE.. they selected Thomas and Davis first. When Kelly was still available at their 3rd pick in the 2nd round, the Redskins couldn't believe it and grabbed him in spite of being a 3rd straight receiver they drafted.

Posted by: RedCherokee | May 1, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Orakpo is a SSLB and a pass rushing DE. He isn't a runstopping DE.

He's too small ONLY if you look at him as and every down DE, which he isn't.

If you look at him as an SLB and situational DE, which is what he is, then his size is perfect.

Good effort in trying to break him down before he even starts though.

Peri, did you watch the vid??? It explains he is an SLB and situational DE

Posted by: pabrian2003 | May 1, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

we traded down and got an extra pick and used it on Kelly, we missed desean jackson by 1 slot.

free pick = take a risk = impatient bloggers CRY like punks

Posted by: pabrian2003 | May 1, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

"Widely regarded as the draft's top pass-rushing prospect"

washington post on Orakpo

Posted by: pabrian2003 | May 1, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Malcom Kelly=Michael Westbroke...wasted draft pick...wasted space...waste of time...my Mom's surgically repaired knees at 80 years old are in better shape then his. Another Vinnie/DannyBoy winner for ya!

D.J. Hackett will make an impact. He knows this offense, he can ball.

Posted by: james51 | May 1, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

As a retired football coach, it generally is best to have your DE's be at least 6'5" and your interior defensive lineman at least be 6'3". Any smaller and you run the risk of mismatches from the O-Line. Interior linebacker at 6'2" or better and OLB 6'3" or taller. You can judge Orakpo's position by these guidelines generally.

Posted by: KurtShanaman | May 1, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

As a retired football coach, it generally is best to have your DE's be at least 6'5" and your interior defensive lineman at least be 6'3". Any smaller and you run the risk of mismatches from the O-Line. Interior linebacker at 6'2" or better and OLB 6'3" or taller. You can judge Orakpo's position by these guidelines generally.

Posted by: KurtShanaman

Whose gonna tell London Fletcher he's too short?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | May 1, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I hope Hackett does well, but he sucked last year.

I think Devin Thomas had more catches

Posted by: pabrian2003 | May 1, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Give Malcom Kelly a chance. He could be awesome. We'll know by the end of this year - just like Campbell.

Our biggest problem remains O line. Too many uncertainties there. Too many: "if so-and-so stays healthy..."

Should have taken Duke Robinson in the 5th. We're hurtin'.

Posted by: edvar | May 2, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

1. Brian Orakpo 6'3 263 First round no 13 overall, 2009
2. Dexter Manley 6'4 263 Fifth round no 119 overall, 1981
Dexter Manley II - College Football
Dexter Manley II is a big recruit. Aside from his massive frame (6-foot-4 inches, 260-pounds) ... A close up look at Oregon signee Dexter Manley — 2/2/2006, ...
oregon.rivals.com/cviewplayer.asp?Player=64511 - 61k - Cached - Similar pages

Posted by: abxinc | May 2, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse


CORRECTION!
1. Brian Orakpo 6'3 263 First round no 13 overall, 2009
2. Dexter Manley 6'4 263 Fifth round no 119 overall, 1981

Dexter Manley Statistics - Pro-Football-Reference.com
Dexter Keith Manley. Position: DE Height: 6-3 Weight: 253 lbs. Born: July 2, 1959 in Houston, TX College: Oklahoma State ...
www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/ManlDe00.htm - 27k - Cached - Similar pages

Posted by: abxinc | May 2, 2009 1:11 AM | Report abuse

What a waste. 12 TD's????? He will be lucky to make 12 catches this year.

Posted by: rbai470915 | May 2, 2009 1:41 AM | Report abuse

"I wouldn't be surprised if he's not pushed by Marko Mitchell.Posted by: siris"

Mitchell's a mystery. Had a great year at Nevada and then apparently tanked big-time in an all-star game. Got a major case of the yips like QBs sometimes get -- tripping over his feet, dropping everything.

I did a little review of last year's 7th picks and found only about 15% made any contribution -- Horton, Bronco RB Peyton Hillis, and Colt C Jamie Richards the only guys who got real playing time. So Mitchell's a long shot just based on that.

Kelly's injury really worries me. Thomas and Davis can learn, but if you can't stay on the field, it's over.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 2, 2009 6:59 AM | Report abuse

"s a retired football coach, it generally is best to have your DE's be at least 6'5" and your interior defensive lineman at least be 6'3". Any smaller and you run the risk of mismatches from the O-Line. Interior linebacker at 6'2" or better and OLB 6'3" or taller. You can judge Orakpo's position by these guidelines generally."Posted by: KurtShanaman

Nah. Most of the really good pass rushers at DE haven't been 'at least 6'5". It might have said so in the team's game program, but the numbers were inflated. Part of the NFL hype. For every Ed Jones (listed at 6'9", probably an incn shorter), there was a Dexter Manley (6'3", my foot.) Check Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora -- neither anywhere near 6'5".

Same thing with inside linemen. You do find really tall Dave Butz/ Buck Buchanan types, but also plenty of the stumpy, short-legged, wrestler types. I don't know if you've stood next to Tony Siragusa, but if he was once 6'3", that must have been before his body settled some.

The advantage a tall DE has is perhaps in interfering with the passing lane/ tipping the ball. The shorter player's advantage is usually in quickness -- like Freeney.

You know who it helps to be tall? A LT.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 2, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

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