Malcolm Kelly as pulled hamstring as camp opens

Entering his critical third season in the NFL, Malcolm Kelly isn’t off to a good start.

The Washington Redskins wide receiver, a second-round draft pick in 2008 who has been a disappointment for much of his first two seasons, will be sidelined with a pulled hamstring suffered in the Hell Week workouts he participated in with quarterback Donovan McNabb in the Phoenix area.

It’s going to be hell for Kelly to be sidelined when camp begins, but that is the reality of a pulled hamstring, an injury the team does not want to linger for weeks and weeks. Jason Reid of the Washington Post reports Kelly will potentially have to sit out when practice kicks off today.

Per Reid, Kelly has struck up a solid relationship with new wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell, and he’s expected to compete for the No. 2 wide receiver job. Kelly has great hands but his route running has been an issue. The team is looking for more consistency from him. If he misses any significant time, or reinjures himself, it’s going to be an inauspicious beginning for him with a new coaching staff in place.

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