I hope the news of former second-round pick Malcolm Kelly being placed on injured reserve Tuesday didn't catch anyone by surprise. The former University of Oklahoma star had been plagued with injuries since entering the league in '08 and coach Mike Shanahan has decided to move on without him.
Kelly finally returned to practice Monday, but he promptly pulled his left hamstring muscle again. I'm sure that Shanahan and the Skins' medical staff determined that it was going to be an issue throughout the season. Kelly and fellow second-round pick Devin Thomas have always been heavier on potential than performance. I think Thomas may eventually put up decent numbers in Shanahan's offense, but there's a chance Kelly won't play in another regular-season game for the Redskins.
If either player had stood out in this camp, they would've had an excellent chance of starting. Instead, the aging Joey Galloway will start opposite Santana Moss. Kelly's actually a good guy who worked hard in last year's training camp to win a starting job. But if you're constantly hurt, eventually a team has to move on without you.
Kelly and Shanahan don't have any history together, so it's unlikely the Redskins will count on him heading into 2011. Donovan McNabb told me recently that he really enjoyed throwing to Kelly over the summer and he had high hopes for the third-year player. Now, it's likely Kelly will be with a different team next season -- if there's a season at all.