Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Contra Costa Times: Cal's Kelly back in mix on twice repaired knee

By Jay Heater

BERKELEY, Calif. - Through the miracle of science, Cal defensive end Steve Kelly had a cadaver's ligament sewn into his left knee to repair a torn ACL.

"It was a piece of crud," Kelly said. If Kelly, who had the surgery done in 2004, appears to be a tad ungrateful, it's easy to understand. He had secured a starting job at the beginning of the 2004 season after spending the previous year as a scout team player. The Monte Vista High School grad had become one of Cal's surprise stories, but he blew out his knee in the third game of the season. After surgery and nine months of rehabilitation, Kelly was primed to reclaim his starting spot in 2005. But in the first week of training camp, the cadaver's ligament gave way.  Another surgery, this time relocating one of his own knee tendons, and another year of rehab brought up the thought that his potential would never be realized.

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