Kelce With Torn MCL, Partially Torn ACL

Philadelphia Eagles center Jason KelceJason Kelce has a partially torn ACL and a completely torn MCL in his right knee, Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said today.

Burkholder explained that the first thing to do is let the MCL heal, which will take four-to-six weeks. From there, Kelce has two options: Have surgery on the ACL, which would mean he’s out for the season. Or don’t fix it, which would mean he could possibly return later this season.

Kelce will have his knee scoped Tuesday morning to see how bad the ACL tear is.

“From there, we’ll determine our treatment plan, which could either be four-to-six week rehab and bracing and continue to play, or to do his ACL reconstruction four to six weeks from now,” Burkholder said.

The reason for waiting on the surgery would be to let the MCL heal first.

Burkholder said the team will check with sports medicine experts, physicians and head athletic trainers to determine which option is best for Kelce.

“As far as we can tell right now it’s a mixed bag,” said Burkholder. “Some people get it fixed right away, and some people let the MCL heal and play with a partial [ACL tear].

Kelce was injured in the third quarter of yesterday’s game on a 9-yard run by LeSean McCoy to the right side. Ravens safety Ed Reed dove to bring down McCoy, but missed and ended up taking Kelce out.

Originally a sixth-round pick in 2011, Kelce started all 16 games as a rookie. This offseason, the Eagles gave him added responsibilities in terms of pre-snap calls.

Dallas Reynolds filled in for Kelce after he went down and held up well.

In other injury news:

* Nate Allen has a shoulder contusion.

* Colt Anderson hyper-extened his right knee (the off-knee).

* Jason Babin has a slight abdominal strain but should be fine, according to Reid.

* King Dunlap has a hamstring strain. He is day-to-day and probably won’t practice Wednesday.

* DeSean Jackson had a hamstring spasm in-game. He was sore Monday.

* Jeremy Maclin has “an added hip contusion to the hip contusion,” Reid said. He will struggle to practice on Wednesday.

* Evan Mathis has a neck contusion.

* Riley Cooper (collarbone) will not be back full this week and will practice in a limited role this week.

Tim McManus contributed to this story.

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  • GlenGarryGlenRoss

    that sucks

  • PaoliBulldog

    A completely torn MCL can heal without surgery in four to six weeks?

    • ICDogg

      Yep. As long as it isn’t too badly torn up.

  • ICDogg

    He’s probably got some extra ligaments hidden in that beard of his.

  • Andy

    Ugh.

  • canadianeaglesfan

    i had no idea a torn MCL could be healed in 6 weeks..and that a O-lineman could play with a ACL tear? seems crazy. Just put him on IR, the guy is too young and too good to risk injuring himself further and not being ready for next year in time!

    • ICDogg

      I would agree that it makes sense to put him on IR.

    • eepobee

      nope. if playing does’t put him at a greater risk of injury than he has to play. he has a contract and if he’s fit to play, he plays, period. i’m so sick and tired of this overcautiousness with athletes.

      • ICDogg

        Depending on his medical evaluation after they scope the knee, they will either IR him for the season or use the recall-able IR option which probably would mean they expect him back around Thanksgiving.

  • eaglesanch

    I think the Eagles need to kick the tires on Jamal Jackson, and see what he has left.

    • ICDogg

      nah. Bad fit.

  • canadianeaglesfan

    JJ is done…no disrespect..but there is a reason he is not playing for a team right now….ride with Reynolds

    • ICDogg

      JJ was a good anchor blocker and a reliable snapper. But his style of blocking is not appropriate for what the Eagles do now.

  • ICDogg

    Not sure how much the Eagles liked him, but I could see them bringing back Steve Vallos, who they used in the preseason some. Or possibly Vandervelde.

  • eepobee

    that doesn’t suck at all. derrick gunn was “reporting” that kelce was done for the year. as irresponsible as this was (but very common amongst injury vultures), it makes the actual news look positive.

    and yes, PaoliBulldog, mcl injuries don’t typically require surgery: http://orthopedics.about.com/od/kneeligamentinjuries/p/MCL-Treatment.htm

  • wydok

    They still have Jamaal Jackson’s phone number, right?

    • Septhinox

      God I hope not. There is a reason he isn’t playing.

  • eepobee

    what could make this interesting is that only one player can be designated a “marquee player” and is allowed to return. if the birds had hopes of bringing back jason peters, designating kelce has the marquee would preclude that.

    • eepobee

      actually, i’m not sure how it works. both peters and paterson are eligible to come back this year, so maybe they’re different because there on the reserve/non-football injury list. so maybe all 3 can come back this year.

      • ICDogg

        They are different. So they all could come back, theoretically.

  • Myke Lowery

    Was he wearing a knee brace? why don’t more teams require all their OL to wear knee braces like some college kids are. I think Julian Vandervelde is available. He tried some center and should know the plays plus be a backup G

  • FMWarner

    I wonder if Kelce comes back and plays with the partially torn ACL, if he’ll still have to get it fixed up in the offseason, and what that means for his availability at the start of next season. Do you play a compromised Kelce late this year and sacrifice the beginning of next year?