Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has confirmed that WR Malcolm Kelly (hamstring strain) will miss Friday's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills.
Shanahan made the statements at his regular press conference after Tuesday morning's practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. Shanahan did not say when he expected Kelly to return to practice.
"Our trainers are pretty experienced, and they've been working extremely hard [with Kelly]," Shanahan said Tuesday. "I've seen hamstring injuries last for a month, and I've seen guys come back after three or four days. Obviously his is quite sore, so we'll just take it day-by-day and do the best we can."
Kelly originally sustained the injury last month while working out with QB Donovan McNabb in Arizona. He participated in individual drills on a soggy grass field on the first day of training camp July 29, despite reports that he would miss the practice. Since then, Kelly has run agility drills and been working with trainers on the sidelines during practice.
"I don't think it was a matter of the field being wet," Kelly said of that first day of practice. "I think I just came back a bit too soon."
When asked when he thinks he might return, Kelly said, "I don't know. I've given dates before and they've all been wrong. I just have to keep working and healing."