Not good news today for the Bengals, as Pro Football Weekly reports that tight end Reggie Kelly might be out for the entire season with a torn ACL from practice earlier today:
Bengals TE Reggie Kelly left practice Monday with what could be a torn Achilles’ tendon, Bengals.com reports. He was driven from the facility in a van with an ice bag strapped to his foot
Never a prolific pass catcher, the 32-year-old Kelly was known for his terrific pass-blocking ability. He’s been a full-time starter since joining Cincinnati in 2003.
Although the team has other tight ends on the roster, none is as proficient a blocker as Kelly. If he were to miss time, veteran Ben Utecht likely would step into the starting lineup, possibly sharing snaps with rookie Chase Coffman. While they would provide additional targets for QB Carson Palmer, they would be liabilities in pass blocking.
Kelly had 31 grabs last season for 207 yards. Over the last three seasons he has had 72 catches for 672 yards and one score.