Ryan O'Halloran of Comcast twitters thusly:Bad news, obviously, for the 2008 2nd round pick. Kelly was known to have injury problems before the 2008 draft, but the Redskins used a high pick on him anyway, thinking his size [6'4"] would be perfect for the west coast offense then-head coach Jim Zorn was going to run. However, Kelly came to training camp grossly out of shape and spent most of his rookie season hobbling around Redskins Park with a variety of ailments. Last year, he won the starting wideout job opposite Santana Moss, but was unproductive and was benched after one month for the equally unproductive Devin Thomas.
The Redskins have 11 wide receivers on the roster right now, evidence of Mike Shanahan's displeasure with Kelly and Thomas, who have refused to grab every opportunity presented to them. Right now, Roydell Williams appears to be penciled in as the starter opposite Moss, though that could certainly change over the next month or so.
O'Halloran and others have repeatedly predicted that Kelly or Thomas or both of them will be cut before the regular season. Shanahan has no ties to these players and will not keep them around to protect the reputation of Vinny Cerrato. Obviously, the player who does not get on the practice field [Kelly] falls behind the player who is inconsistent on the practice field [Thomas].
I'd say Malcolm Kelly has never been closer to being an ex-Redskin. He's got one month to turn this around, but before he can do that, he has to get back on the field.