Surgery sidelines Redskins' Kelly

Nfl Notes

August 05, 2008

Washington Redskins rookie receiver Malcolm Kelly had arthroscopic surgery yesterday on his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for two more weeks.

Kelly injured his right hamstring during training camp practice July 25 and has since been complaining of soreness in both knees. He returned last week to take part in some drills but was obviously laboring while on the field. He sat out Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Indianapolis Colts.

"It has been kind of stiff. ... We just thought we'd do things as soon as we can if there is a problem," coach Jim Zorn said.

Kelly was a second-round pick from Oklahoma in this year's draft. He and fellow rookie Devin Thomas were expected to contend for the No. 3 receiving spot, but both have been hurt for much of camp.

Thomas missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury and also isn't expected to play in Saturday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

* PanthersA subdued Steve Smith apologized to his teammates, coaches and fans, three days after he punched teammate Ken Lucas at practice, leaving the starting cornerback with a broken nose that will require surgery. Smith was suspended without pay for the first two regular-season games. Lucas also returned to the team yesterday with a black left eye and swelling around his nose. He'll probably be sidelined two to three weeks.

* PatriotsNew England signed offensive lineman John Welbourn, who started at right guard last season for the Chiefs. The Ravens tried to sign Welbourn last month.

* Dolphins Josh McCown is listed as Miami's No. 1 quarterback, for now. Coach Tony Sparano said, however, that second-year man John Beck and rookie Chad Henne haven't been ruled out to start at quarterback in the preseason opener against the Buccaneers on Saturday night.

* Giants Running back Ahmad Bradshaw said he has to serve another 30 days in jail after the season for violating terms of a probation he received as a 15-year-old. Bradshaw served the first of two 30-day sentences in June and July at the Abingdon (Va.) Regional Jail. He said the 30-day sentences resulted from an underage drinking offense at Virginia in 2004 and a petty larceny charge at Marshall in 2006.

* Eagles Guard Shawn Andrews is battling depression and might arrive at training camp this week, the two-time Pro Bowl selection told the Philadelphia Daily News.

* Seahawks Offensive lineman Chris Gray, 38, retired on the eve of his 16th NFL season because of a lower-back and spine injury that threatened his ability to walk.

* Chiefs Team officials said rookie defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, this year's fifth overall draft pick, should miss about a week after spraining his left knee in practice during the weekend.

* BILLS Linebacker Alvin Bowen, a fifth-round draft pick, is scheduled for surgery next week on a torn right knee ligament, likely ending his rookie season.

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