The Philadelphia Eagles have re-signed veteran OL Steve Vallos, who spent the offseason and preseason with the team, and will likely place injured center Jason Kelce on the new short-term Injured Reserve list, an NFL source said Monday night.
Kelce, who has started all 18 games at center since the start of his rookie season, suffered an MCL tear and partial ACL tear during the third quarter of the Eagles’ win over the Ravens Sunday.
Eagles Head Ahtletic Trainer, Rick Burkholder, in the Monday Press Conference, said that Kelce would have arthroscopic surgery to investigate the extent of the damage on his partially torn ACL. If the procedure suggests that reconstructive surgery is not required, Kelce may return this season, but some sources suggest that is a long shot.
In the interim, Vallos returns to serve as backup center to Dallas Reynolds, the 28-year-old first-year pro who made the Eagles as a reserve center and fills the void that Kelce filled.
Vallos showed promise in the preseason games and was working as the second-team center for much of training camp. The Eagles released Vallos on the final cut to 53 on Aug. 31.
Vallos, 29, originally a seventh-round pick of the Seahawks out of Wake Forest in 2007, spent the 2007 season on the Seahawks’ practice squad and then 2008 and 2009 with Seattle and 2010 and 2011 with the Browns.
Vallos has played in 40 NFL games, starting eight – seven at center and one at left guard, all in 2008 and 2009 with the Seahawks.
“Kelce, meanwhile, is eligible for the NFL’s new short-term IR, which allows teams to place a player on Injured Reserve for a minimum of six weeks and then activate him back to the active roster after another two weeks. In previous years, once a player was placed on IR he was finished for the season.”