Former Aberdeen and Mississippi State star Reggie Kelly is facing a six-month healing process after the Cincinnati Bengals confirmed their starting tight end has a season-ending ruptured Achilles’ tendon.
Scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, Kelly suffered the injury during Monday’s morning practice. The injury occurred when the tight end moved sideways during a non-contact drill, according to an Associaed Press report
“It’s very unfortunate,” offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski told the Associated Press. “We lost a very good player who is a true professional, a leader and a gentleman. There’s nothing we can do about it. It’s a freak thing. We have to face it, go forward and find a way.”
Kelly tied his career-high with 31 catches last season (also in 2000). He has 184 career receptions in his 10 NFL seasons, the first four with Atlanta (1999-2002) and the remainder with the Bengals. He last scored an NFL touchdown in 2006 and has five in his pro career.
He was a second-round pick (442nd overall) of the Falcons in the 1999 draft, the second of four Mississippi State players to be picked in that draft.