Defensive tackle Xavier Kelly was carted off the field during practice earlier today. He reportedly could not put any weight on his left leg.
Undrafted rookie DL Xavier Kelly was also carted off early in practice. Couldn’t put any weight on his left leg. https://t.co/rVTUr7tJo9— Daniel Oyefusi (@DanielOyefusi) May 26, 2021
According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the early indication is that Kelly suffered a torn Achilles.
Early indication is that Ravens UDFA Xavier Kelly, who played college ball at Clemson and Arkansas, has a torn Achilles. The rookie went down early in today's OTA and was carted off field. Ravens will probably have to bring in another IDL. They only had 3 practicing today.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) May 26, 2021
If Kelly did indeed suffer an Achilles injury, he will likely miss the season.
Kelly was signed as an undrafted free agent a few weeks ago. He spent three seasons at Clemson and was a member of the 2018 team that won the national championship. Overall, he had 22 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery. Prior to his senior season, he transferred to Arkansas and finished with eight total tackles and a sack.
Without Kelly, the Ravens could look to sign another defensive tackle. Only three interior defensive linemen participated in Wednesday’s practice. In addition, the Ravens elected to not draft an interior defensive lineman this year. So, there is now a slight need at the position.