Chris Kelsay has never been on injured reserve before, so being given that designation on Wednesday was difficult for him to accept.
Kelsay’s torn ligament in his neck just could not heal in time to allow him to play as he re-aggravated it in the Indianapolis game after missing two games. Now he’ll miss the last four.
“Well I was hoping that it would be a deal that was able to heal with time and that I’d still be able to come back, win out and see where you stand at the end of the year. But it didn’t work out that way,” he said. ”So I’ve just got to roll with the punches.”
“He felt great when he came back to practice and then it was just one little shot that got him again. So I think we really have questions about how long this thing takes to heal,” said Chan Gailey. ”We gave it two or three (weeks) last time and it felt great and yet it was one little lick. So is it four, five or six (weeks)? How long do you have to wait and I think it was just one of those we just can’t wait on it to see. It’s one of those unknowns really. You don’t know how bad it is until he gets hit again.”
Kelsay said he understood the roster move had to be made.
“It doesn’t do you much good having a guy taking up a roster spot that’s not on the field. I want what’s best for the team. I’ve always approached it that way so I understand and respect their decision. Having never had to go through this situation before it’s frustrating, but I’ll move forward.”
What made the premature end of his season particularly tough was the improved play of the defensive unit of late and not having the chance to be a part of it.
“Talking with Kyle (Williams) this morning our goal is to get to 7-7 and see what happens,” Kelsay said. ”We’ve been playing great defense the last few weeks. To be standing on the sidelines and watching it from afar it’s disappointing. I’m envious of those guys being able to go out there and contribute and do what we know we’re capable of doing. It’s the nature of our business and unfortunately I’m on the sideline right now.”
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