GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Reggie Kelly remembers Aug. 3, 2009, painfully well.
On the upper of three practice fields at Georgetown College, the Bengals’ veteran tight end was going through a routine non-contact drill when his season came to an abrupt halt. Kelly had ruptured an Achilles tendon.
“It was right up there,” said Kelly, looking back at the field.
While the Bengals prepare to welcome tight end Jermaine Gresham, their first-round pick who agreed to a contract Monday night, Kelly, 33, has quietly resumed his unassuming role as a team leader. Much was made of the influence quarterback Carson Palmer wielded in bringing Terrell Owens to town. Palmer is even deeper into Kelly’s corner.