Zorn not pleased with Kelly
Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn
chided rookies Malcolm Kelly
and Devin Thomas
for their lack of conditioning and said he doubts the injured wide receivers will be able to make an impact early this season.
Kelly, who has hamstring and knee injuries, and Thomas, who has a hamstring injury, were hurt early in training camp and are likely weeks from a full return.
Kelly, 21, underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to remove floating particles from his left knee, and Zorn said the early prognosis of a return in two weeks was "ambitious.”
Zorn told the Washington Post neither rookie was able at the start of training camp to pass the team's conditioning test, which requires players to complete a series of sprints within a certain time frame. That lack of preparation could lead to their muscles breaking down so quickly, he said.
Players are required to run 12 25-yard dashes within a certain time (less than a minute for wide receivers), then rest for 60 seconds before repeating the 12 dashes.
"He wasn't necessarily in condition to go through a training camp like this,” Zorn said of Kelly. "He really wasn't. They'll have to re-evaluate their off-season program as young rookies.”
•Lofton, Taylor battling for middle linebacker job:
, an undrafted free agent from the University of Georgia, is battling Curtis Lofton
, a second-team All-American from Oklahoma, for the Falcons' starting middle linebacker job.