The Bengals have suffered their first training camp loss of the year. Veteran TE Reggie Kelly ruptured his Achilles tendon in practice Monday morning. The 11 year veteran will have surgery on the tendon on Wednesday and will more than likely miss the entire Bengals season. He injured the tendon during a non-contact drill, his tendon popped while making a lateral move.
Kelly has primarily been a run and pass blocking Tight End for the Bengals. With Ben Utecht and rookie Chase Coffman being strictly receiving tight ends, the Bengals will need Daniel Coats to step up and take over the roll as blocking tight end in Kelly's absence. With there already being major questions surrounding the offensive line and blocking, this could be a big set back for the protection of Palmer and Benson.