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Malcolm Kelly Among Those Missing Washington Redskins’ First Cut

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Malcolm Kelly, the oft-injured wide receiver who was a second-round pick of the Washington Redskins in the 2008 Draft, was among the players cut Tuesday afternoon.

The Redskins also cut second-year offensive tackle Xavier Fulton, rookie linebacker and former University of Richmond standout Eric McBride, kicker Clint Stitser and undrafted free agent Ben Chappell, a quarterback out of Indiana, according to coach Mike Shanahan.

Those moves, along with the placement of defensive end Jarvis Jenkins on injured reserve Monday night, meant the Redskins had to cut three more players to reach the 80-player maximum by Tuesday at 4 p.m. Shanahan hinted one of those players was in the secondary, but did not divulge any additional information.

Kelly had been bothered by a sore left foot since beginning training camp this season and had not practiced since Aug. 4. He missed most of his rookie season because of a knee injury, started 10 games in 2009 and caught 25 passes for 347 yards, then spent all of 2010 on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury.

“It’s really a shame that Malcolm hasn’t been able to stay healthy,” Shanahan said. “He’s feeling better right now, I think, than he’s felt since he’s been here. … But we had to make a decision on what direction we were going to go, and since we do have some depth at the wide receiver position, we did release him.”

Kelly, 24, was asked about his release before Shanahan’s announcement, citing an original report by the Washington Post that he would be among those cut. He was at peace with the move, he said, given his injury history.

“I’m the type of person that honestly, as much as I love this thing, I’m not going to go out here and kill myself,” Kelly said. “It’s one thing to have one injury, but to have as many as I had, it gets to the point where it’s like, it is what it is.”

Because Kelly was technically waived while injured, the team will have to reach an injury settlement with him.

Teams had to trim their rosters from a maximum of 90 players to 80 players entering the fourth preseason game, the 53-man roster and eight-man practice squad must be finalized on Saturday.

Typically, teams would enter training camp with 80 players and make their first cuts to 75 players, but with the elimination of mini-camps and organized team activities over the summer because of the five-month lockout, the larger roster size was kept to assist with player evaluation.

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