NFL odds info tells us that Kelly ruptured his Achilles' tendon in his left leg and will be out for the season.
NFL betting lines tell us that Kelly was the team's third-leading receiver last year with 31 catches for 207 yards. Backup tight end Ben Utecht was also hurt on Wednesday as he suffered a concussion as sports betting info tells us. Another reserve tight end, Daniel Coats has a sprained ankle as NFL betting lines have it. These injuries have thrust third round pick Chase Coffman right into the NFL betting lines spotlight for the Bengals.
Many experts that look at NFL betting lines at the sportsbook expect the Bengals to be improved this season. Cincinnati is still a 50-1 longshot in NFL odds to win the Super Bowl but they are getting some attention. Sports betting tells us that the Bengals have an offense that could be very good with Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, Laveranues Coles and running back Cedric Benson. The loss of Kelly does hurt the Bengals though in NFL betting lines.
NFL betting lines have Palmer saying that the loss of Kelly is huge as Kelly was a great pass blocker and a team leader. "It makes me sick to my stomach," Palmer said, "All that he's invested and committed, and he's such a good guy and a great player. It's awful."
The loss of Kelly is not going to show up in big time stats but his loss will affect Cincinnati’s ability to run the ball in NFL betting lines. He was a very good blocking tight end and the Bengals have no one to replace him in that role as NFL odds info indicates. Utecht and Coffman are not known as blocking tight end as NFL betting lines tell us. Coffman is trying to learn though and he is now the key player for Cincinnati in terms of the Bengals making great strides in NFL betting lines. The publicity will be on Ochocinco and Palmer in NFL odds but Coffman must produce if the Bengals are to have a big year in NFL betting lines.