Achilles heels

Eagles MLB Stewart Bradley wasn’t the only player who saw his season ended prematurely on Monday. TE Reggie Kelly of the Bengals and DT Maake Kemeoatu both tore Achilles tendons, which will almost certainly shelve them for the entire 2009 season. Thoughts on the impact of these two injuries is below; we’ll compare all the major training-camp injuries in an upcoming Football Relativity post.

Kemeoatu is the Panthers’ anchor on the defensive line. He has used his tremendous size to clog the middle and keep blockers off of MLB Jon Beason. His presence also allows fellow DT Damione Lewis to slash through the line and rush the passer more often, which maximizes Lewis’ value. The Panthers don’t have any backup DTs with any experience, so they’re likely going to have to add some depth via free agency or the waiver wire just to set up a four-man DT rotation. Regardless, this injury could make Carolina much more susceptible to the run.

Kelly is a starting tight end who doesn’t catch many balls but still makes an impact by being a fantastic blocker. His absence will likely cause the Bengals to change the way they approach offense, but it could actually open up snaps for rookie Chase Coffman, who has a lot of potential as a pass-catcher.

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Also today, we learned that Ravens OT Adam Terry will miss the season.  Terry, who was slated to compete with Michael Oher for the starting right tackle job and then settle into a role as the primary backup at both tackle spots, had a knee injury that just wasn’t getting better, so during the first week of camp he had a surgery that will cost him the entire ’09 season. His absence limits the Ravens’ experience but shouldn’t be a deathknell because Baltimore has done a good job of accumulating depth.

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