The results of center Jason Kelce’s MRI were revealed this afternoon by head coach Andy Reid and head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder. And those results don’t appear promising.
The Eagles don’t yet have a complete picture of Kelce’s status and won’t until Dr. Pete Deluca performs further diagnostic testing on Tuesday. There are two likely scenarios that would emerge at that point. The Eagles could allow Kelce’s MCL tear to heal on its own–a process that generally takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks, or Deluca could determine that Kelce’s 2012 isn’t salvageable, at which point the Eagles would then elect to operate and place the center on injured reserve.
“There is not a consensus across the country from sports medicine people,” Burkholder said.
Kelce was injured during the third quarter of yesterday’s 24-23 win over Baltimore when he set a block well down field. Seconds later, he lay on the ground writhing in pain as he clutched his knee.
“Right when I was putting my right foot down and planting, they were going headfirst into my knee. It didn’t feel good. Immediately, you knew it wasn’t good,” Kelce said after the game. “I didn’t hear anything pop. That doesn’t necessarily mean anything. I think it all happened so fast, even if something did pop, I wouldn’t have heard it anyway.”
While his long-term status is still unclear, it is certain that backup center Dallas Reynolds will get the call this Sunday in Arizona.