Chip On Jason Kelce, Cary Williams
Chip Kelly, believe it or not, gave an injury update at his day-after press conference.
“I just saw [Jason] Kelce in the hallway. He’s going to have sports hernia surgery,” said Kelly. “Don’t know how long he will be out for.”
The average recovery time for this type of surgery is five-to-six weeks, according to a league source.It appears that the Eagles will be down one of the offense’s most valuable players for a significant stretch, then. For now, it will be David Molk manning the center position.
“He’s a competitor. I think he’s extremely quick off the ball,” said Kelly of Molk. “He really gets into the defender really quickly. He’ll fight you. He’s a tough, competitive guy in there. He’ll scrap and give you everything he’s got.”
In this offense, the center is the one that sets the protections up front. Kelce’s intelligence when it comes to reading defenses and making the appropriate adjustments is one of the reasons why he is so difficult to replace. How is Molk in that department?
“Molk’s good. He’s not Jason right now just because he doesn’t have the experience in our system,” said Kelly. “Molk’s only been here a year and Jason was here longer and has been in the system. Obviously Jason is ahead of him from that standpoint but Molk is a smart player and he understands what is going on out there.”
Kelly says there have not been any discussions yet about whether they will bring in another lineman during Kelce’s absence. Wade Smith has taken some snaps at center and would have been the next man in if Molk went down Sunday.
Matt Tobin (ankle) practiced last week but did not dress against Washington. The Eagles, currently down Kelce, Evan Mathis, Allen Barbre and Lane Johnson, could certainly use his services this week in San Francisco. Johnson is eligible to return after the Niners game.
Mychal Kendricks (calf) continues to be day-to-day, per the head coach. Marcus Smith will continue to train inside this week.
Cary Williams caused a stir with his comments following Sunday’s win about how the Eagles’ intense training regimen during the week is wearing players out. Kelly said Williams came in on Monday to speak with him.
“He was frustrated and I understand that. Cary is a competitor and I have no issues with Cary,” said Kelly.
Williams noted his age when discussing how the workload was too much for both himself and other players on the team. Kelly countered by saying that the handling of players by this strength and conditioning staff is individualized.
“What we do with Trent Cole is different than what we do with Marcus Smith. What you do with DeMeco Ryans is different than what you do with Casey Matthews. Every day on a daily basis with the strength coaches, when they get in here in the morning we sit down with every guy and [ask], ‘Where are you? Is it a hamstring? Is it a hip? Is it a shoulder? Because everybody is different and there are a wide variety of ages. You have guys in their 30s but you also have guys fresh out of college. We’re aware of that and that’s how we’ve always handled that.”