On Monday morning, the Bengals tight end Reggie Kelly ruptured his tendon. His injury was the team's first significant injury of training camp and a notable setback to the team's offense, which finished last in last NFL season.
Kelly will have a surgery on Wednesday and be sidelined for at least six months after the surgery. The injury was the 11-year veteran's first major injury. Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said that he felt it freak thing for losing a good player who has spent six seasons with the team. As the third receiver on the team last season with 31 catches for 207 yards, Kelly's being injured opens the way for Ben Utecht to show off, who has been waiting since he put on bengals jersey.
Without Kelly being present, the Bengals were counting on first-round pick Andre Smith to start at right tackle, but Smith has not reported for camp and missed the first four days of practice because of contract dispute.