The 2016 first-round pick will receive $10 million as a base salary in 2019. Kelly has been a stalwart for the Colts, starting 35 of a possible 48 regular-season games. He has had some injury concerns, however, as he's missed 13 total games in his career with foot, concussion and knee issues.
Kelly suffered the injury during the fourth quarter and was ruled out. The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but the 25-year-old will now have the offseason to recover following the loss.
Kelly said he's optimistic he'll play in Saturday's wild-card game at Houston, and his full participation at practice puts him on track to return. The 25-year-old should retake his starting role at center for a Colts' offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the league (18).
Kelly (neck) returned to practice Wednesday, Andrew Walker of the team's official site reports.
There appears to be a growing sense of optimism pertaining to Kelly's status ahead of Saturday's playoff game. Kelly still has to show a little more progression, but his practice Wednesday surely helps his chances of winning over the medical staff.
Kelly sustained a neck injury during last week's win over the Giants, and sit out the season finale as he manages his recovery. Evan Boehm will slot in as the Colts' starting center for what amounts to a must-win game against the Titans.
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