The Associated Press reports that the Cincinnati Bengals’ veteran tight end, Aberdeen native Reggie Kelly, has ruptured his Achilles’ tendon. He’s facing surgery on Wednesday and there was quick speculation that he could be out for the season. Kelly finished third on the team in receiving last season with 31 catches for 207 yards.
Here’s a story from the Cincinnati Enquirer, which notes that it’s the first major injury Kelly has suffered in an 11-year career.
His Wikipedia page already suggests that it could be a career-ending injury, but Wiki users know to take that kind of speculation with a grain of salt. At the minimum, though, it’s a six-month recovery — and that takes the 2009 season off the board, for sure.