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The biggest news out of coach Jim Zorn’s Monday press conference is that rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly is in Birmingham, Alabama today to have Dr. James Andrews take a look at his knee. Zorn said it has been stiff in his recovery from a hamstring injury. There was no news on offensive linemen Todd Wade and Stephon Heyer, who both left the game with injuries.
Zorn did reiterate that he doesn’t think Heyer’s sprained knee is anything serious. The overall theme was there were plenty of good things in the game, but it is still a work in progress. There were several impressive performances from the rookie draft picks. Zorn said he expects offensive lineman Chad Rinehart to be a “be a factor” this season because of his ability to play both guard and tackle, and he made a positive impression in his first game.
Zorn was pleased with the overall smoothness of the operation on the sidelines. He also gave props to special teams coach Danny Smith for alerting his troops that Indianapolis had attempted an onside kick against a rookie coach a few year ago.
On the injury front, Zorn said he doesn’t expect Devin Thomas to be ready this week, but LaRon Landry is close. More later on the Kelly situation as it develops.