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Malcolm Kelly Is All Business

Posted by Matt Terl on April 15, 2009 – 2:45 pm

This picture of Malcolm Kelly is one of Redskins photographer Ned Dishman’s in-game shots. Dishman does a heck of a job organizing his pictures, breaking each game down by player, by specific moments, all that … but I still had to really search for this one.

It isn’t Dishman’s fault, it’s just that Kelly caught only three passes last year in his rookie campaign — and this isn’t even one of them, it’s actually from pregame work before the game at Philadelphia.

Kelly’s lack of production was caused by a balky knee issue, and it frustrated a lot of people — fans, media, coaches, other players — but it frustrated Kelly most of all. And since Coach Zorn’s revelation at the scouting combine that Kelly had another knee surgery after the season, I’ve received a whole lot of mail asking exactly how he might be able to contribute –if at all — heading in to next year.

So I sat down with Kelly and asked him, about rehabbing the knee, about staying healthy, about his aspirations for 2009, and about his verbose rookie classmate Devin Thomas.

So we’ve heard a ton about Devin this offseason. He has a blog now, he’s Twittering, he’s meeting with fans, all that. But you’ve been kind of quiet. What have you had going on?

Kelly: “Not much, really. You know, I stayed here the whole offseason just rehabbing. Rehabbing and working out, you know — I start running and stuff like that [today], so I was glad to go ahead and get the surgery out of the way so I don’t have to worry about it no more.”

How’s the knee doing? Read more »

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Wednesday, April 15: A Successful Rally With Redskins Auctioneers

Posted by Matt Terl on April 15, 2009 – 11:24 am

Safety Kareem Moore had no doubt what the focus of last night’s Cooley’s Rally For The Cure event was. When he showed up in a lightly-checked pink shirt, the question had to be asked: did you wear pink on purpose?

And he seemed mildly offended that we even had to ask. “Of course,” he said. “It’s breast cancer, isn’t it?”

It was indeed — more specifically, it was about Relay For Life. And between the cost of admission and the lively charity auction, Relay For Life will be receiving more than $20,000 as a result of last night’s event.

I saw Tanner Cooley at Redskins Park yesterday afternoon and asked him for information I could put up about the event; much of what he told me made it into yesterday’s post on the subject. But when I asked him if he could specify what players would be there, he shrugged and said that he didn’t have a whole lot of firm confirmations yet. Sometimes, that would be a cause for concern, but it didn’t seem to be a problem last night.

In addition to Moore and (obviously) Chris Cooley, other players in attendance included Clinton Portis, Jason Campbell, Albert Haynesworth, Colt Brennan, Devin Thomas, Chris Horton, Renaldo Wynn, Reed Doughty, Justin Tryon, Todd Collins, Zac Atterberry, Anthony Alridge, Tyson Smith, and probably a few more that I’m forgetting, along with a few coaches and other assorted team officials. And every single one of them seemed legitimately pleased to be able to help Chris and Tanner’s mother Nancy with her campaign.

Some of the guys helped simply by being there, and by being willing (as promised) to mingle with the fans, sign a few autographs, and posing for a few pictures. I saw Renaldo Wynn chat with the guys from Hogs Haven for what had to be 45 minutes, and he was far from the only one.

Then there were the guys who helped financially, by bidding for items in the auction. Colt Brennan, for example, bid on and won a Doug Williams autographed football. I asked him afterward if he had done it simply to drive the price up, and (again) got looked at like I was some sort of idiot. “Are you kidding? It’s a DOUG. WILLIAMS. football. Redskins Super Bowl MVP, for two hundred dollars? That was the steal of the night.”

And then there were the guys who helped by leading the auction. And I’ll be honest: I had no idea so many of the players would prove to be capable auctioneers. Read more »

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