Eagles C Kelce tears MCL, partially tears ACL

Posted Sept. 17, 2012 @ 1:03 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff
The Eagles won their second straight close game Sunday but suffered a big loss in the process.

Second-year C Jason Kelce, one of the anchors for the Eagles up front, suffered a fully torn MCL and a partially torn ACL in the win over the Ravens. The injury occurred when Ravens S Ed Reed ran into Kelce’s leg in the third quarter.

The team has the option of letting Kelce’s ACL heal or fixing it, athletic trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters. If they choose surgery, Kelce will be done for the season. The MCL tear will need 4-6 weeks to heal.  

Kelce’s backup is Dallas Reynolds, 28, who has been with the Eagles off and on since 2009, when he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Brigham Young. The team has waived him three times since then, and Reynolds has spent the majority of his time in the NFL on the Eagles’ practice squad before playing in the team’s first two games this season.

Also, Eagles head coach Andy Reid said that OLT King Dunlap has a hamstring strain and WR Jeremy Maclin has a hip contusion.

The way we see it

Reynolds filled in for Kelce and likely will make his first career start in his place against the Cardinals in Week Three, but this is a huge drop-off. Sunday was only Reynolds’ second career game.
 
Kelce earned quite a bit of rookie mention last season, including on Pro Football Weekly’s All-Rookie team, and has been roundly praised by the Eagles’ coaches for his play. Although undersized, he is a perfect fit in OL coach Howard Mudd’s zone-blocking scheme.