High Ankle Sprain and MCL Sprain Could End Rob Kelley’s Season

November 13, 2017 | insideinjuries | No Comments

The Redskins won’t have starting running back Rob Kelley for foreseeable future, and his injuries could end his season.

Kelley suffered a high ankle sprain and an MCL sprain when he was rolled up on from behind on Sunday, causing his left leg to twist awkwardly. The play caused a fumble, but it was overturned after replay showed that his knee was already down when the ball was loose.

Now Kelley faces a lengthy recovery. A moderate MCL sprain comes with a 4 week Optimal Recovery Time. This injury typically does not require surgery unless it is a complete tear to the ligament. It just needs time to heal on its own. The high ankle sprain is the bigger concern. The ORT for a moderate high ankle sprain is 4-6 weeks. With just 7 weeks left in the season, it makes sense that this could end his season.

If the Redskins are fighting for a playoff spot late in December, Kelley will want to be back out on the field even if he isn’t close to 100%. Right now he is a High Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance Factor. Individually each of these injuries would be tough to play through, but the combination makes it nearly impossible for the next few weeks. If he can heal quickly, it is possible that he could return around week 13 or 14. He just might not be very effective. Lateral movements and explosiveness (cutting, finding the hole and exploding through it) will suffer.

Kelley previously injured his right ankle and missed one game earlier this season. He also missed one game due to a rib injury.

Samaje Perine will take over as the Redskins lead back while Kelley is sidelined. He is a one-dimensional player who won’t provide the same upside out of the backfield. Kelley was already a touchdown-dependant fantasy option, and that will be no different for Perine. He just doesn’t have as high of a ceiling.

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