Colts Center Ryan Kelly Expects to Play vs. the Texans on Sunday

Ryan Kelly (78). Photo by Chris Brown/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Andrew Luck might have his entire offensive line on Sunday when he and Indianapolis Colts face the Houston Texans in AFC Wild Card game. Colts center Ryan Kelly, who missed last week’s game against the Tennessee Titans due to a neck injury, returned to practice in full on Wednesday and expects to play against the Texans.

Kelly suffered a neck injury in Week 16 against the New York Giants and struggled with arm strength because of that. It seems, however, that the 25-year-old will get well just in time to help his team.

“It was a big week last week, and I felt after the [Tennessee] game and going through some walkthrough stuff [Tuesday], I felt like the strength was back,” – said Kelly. “Doing some things to hopefully help my neck stay in the same spot and not move around too much. Other than that, I feel well.”

Indianapolis Colts drafted Ryan Kelly with the 18th overall pick in 2016 NFL Draft, hoping he will provide them a badly needed security at the position. Kelly started all 16 games in his rookie season but struggled with injuries in his sophomore year, when he played only seven games.

Kelly returned in full in 2018, having an amazing year, which brought him Pro Bowl alternate honors. He was also a part of the Colts’ offensive line which allowed the fewest number of sacks in the regular season.