The Raiders struggles continued Tuesday off the field as they learned they had lost starting right defensive end Tommy Kelly for the rest of the 2007 season. Kelly is gone with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The injury took place Sunday early in the third quarter while making a tackle in the loss to the Titans.
He missed the rest of the game and was on crutches postagme. He is scheduled to undergo surgery today and is expected to be out of action until about March, but should be 100 percent for training camp when it rolls around in 2008. Kelly came to the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2004, and has played in 49 career games with 166 total tackles, 13 sacks and 7 forced fumbles.
With the Raiders struggling now at 2-5 and losers of three in a row, this is just another blow to their season. Kelly was expected to have a breakout season on the D-line, but it just was not happening, and now for sure won’t this year. Right now the plan for the Raiders, who also made a move in releasing WR Mike Williams Tuesday, is to fill Kelly’s roster spot with rookie back Michael Bush. Williams’ roster spot will be filled by free agent WR Tim Dwight, who signed a one-year deal Tuesday.