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Kelsay hoping to play this week

Posted Nov 19, 2012


Bills DE Chris Kelsay has missed the past two games with a neck injury. The veteran is hoping not to make it three as he intends to return to action on Sunday in Indianapolis.

“I’m feeling a lot better. The weekend and this past week I’ve made significant progress and I’m looking forward to getting back out there,” Kelsay said Monday prior to practice. “I’m going to go out there today and do some individual and start moving around. Then by Wednesday depending on how it feels today, which I’m expecting it to feel great, I’ll be practicing.”

Kelsay tore a ligament in his neck in during the individual position drills portion of practice the Thursday after the Houston game.

“I did it on the sled, just pushing the sled and felt a pop,” he said. “It was sort of a freak deal. It happened in practice and there’s no real rhyme or reason I just turned funny and strained it. It is what it is. I’ve rested it and I feel a lot better than I had been feeling. Like I said I’m looking forward to getting back out there and helping my teammates get on this run.”

The veteran defensive end had a series of MRIs and CAT scans to accurately identify the injury. Based on what he’s heard from the team’s medical staff including spine specialist Dr. Andrew Cappuccino he can’t make things worse by playing.

“I definitely plan on playing and hopefully it’s something that doesn’t even need to be addressed,” said Kelsay when asked if surgery would be necessary at season’s end. “Hopefully it’s something that only time and rest will heal. Structurally everything is sound. I’m not putting my body at any further risk by playing.

“It was just a matter of getting my range of motion back, not so much so I don’t hurt this injury again, but so I’m not in a vulnerable situation where I could hurt something else by not being able to see something coming. I have a lot of confidence that it’s not going to slow me down.”

Prior to these past two games Kelsay had missed only six games in his 10-year career with Buffalo.