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Sun, 29 May 2005 08:58:24 -0700
The Edmonton Sun reports former NFL CB Eric Kelly has been signed by the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.
Fri, 03 Sep 2004 12:05:59 -0700
David Haugh, of the Chicago Tribune, reports the Chicago Bears have waived CB Eric Kelly.
Mon, 09 Aug 2004 07:20:48 -0700
The Chicago Tribune reports Chicago Bears CB Eric Kelly, who was just signed by the team, is on the bubble. He'll likely get a long look as the team's fourth cornerback.
Mon, 09 Aug 2004 04:20:12 -0700
Updating previous reports, SportsTicker reports the Chicago Bears have signed free agent CB Eric Kelly (Vikings). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Sun, 08 Aug 2004 21:43:49 -0700
The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with CB Eric Kelly (Texans), according to USAToday.com. Terms of the deal were not released.
Mon, 02 Aug 2004 22:06:01 -0700
The Houston Texans have released CB Eric Kelly, reports HoustonTexans.com.
Tue, 29 Jun 2004 08:39:23 -0700
The Houston Chronicle reports the Houston Texans have claimed free agent CB Eric Kelly (Vikings) off of waivers from the Minnesota Vikings.
Fri, 18 Jun 2004 11:11:04 -0700
ESPNews reports the Minnesota Vikings have released CB Eric Kelly.
Tue, 15 Jun 2004 16:56:15 -0700
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice said he will make a decision on CB Eric Kelly's future with the team later this week. Kelly missed his third consecutive day of minicamp practices Monday, June 14, due to his displeasure with his depth-chart standing and has indicated he wants to be released. Tice has said he would like to keep Kelly as a backup cornerback.
Fri, 11 Jun 2004 11:24:43 -0700
Ray Richardson, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Eric Kelly has asked to be released. Kelly was upset with head coach Mike Tice for moving Vikings second-year CB Rushen Jones ahead of him on the team's depth chart during this week's minicamp. After meeting with Kelly on Tuesday, June 8, Tice excused Kelly from the rest of the camp to "clear his head." "I told Eric he should go home and think about things," Tice said. "He was disappointed with the move we made and he said he wants to be released. His agent is putting it out there that he should be released, but I'm not releasing my fourth corner."
Tue, 13 Apr 2004 10:55:42 -0700
Bill Williamson, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have re-signed restricted free agent CB Eric Kelly to a one-year deal. Kelly will receive the NFL minimum salary for a fourth-year player.
Tue, 02 Mar 2004 18:02:39 -0800
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have decided to give a tender to restricted free agent CB Eric Kelly.
Wed, 25 Feb 2004 02:51:11 -0800
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings are believed to be close to offering a qualifying tender offer to CB Eric Kelly, a restricted free agent.
Fri, 20 Feb 2004 07:20:29 -0800
Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press that the Minnesota Vikings haven't decided whether to offer a contract to CB Eric Kelly.
Mon, 15 Dec 2003 08:03:48 -0800
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings CB Eric Kelly (knee) suffered a minor sprain of the MCL in his right knee during Sunday's, Dec. 14, game against the Chicago Bears.
Wed, 13 Aug 2003 12:46:26 -0700
Bill Williamson, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Eric Kelly (hamstring) has tightness and swelling in a hamstring and will not play in the Saturday, August 16 pre-season game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sat, 09 Aug 2003 12:50:10 -0700
Bill Williamson, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Eric Kelly (hamstring) has tightness and swelling in a hamstring and will not play Saturday, August 9 in the pre-season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mon, 04 Nov 2002 11:09:39 -0800
The Pioneer Press reports Minnesota Vikings CB Eric Kelly was benched in the third quarter. Kelly could be replaced by Brian Williams this weekend.
Mon, 28 Oct 2002 07:42:48 -0800
The Pioneer Press reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice said CB Eric Kelly will remain in the starting lineup. He regained his starting job last week.
Fri, 25 Oct 2002 04:14:41 -0700
The Chicago Sun Times reports the Minnesota Vikings DB Eric Kelly will replace Tyrone Carter (knee) in the starting lineup this weekend.
Fri, 11 Oct 2002 12:46:27 -0700
Bill Williamson, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings rookie CB Brian Williams will serve as the team's nickel back against Detroit this weekend. However, the team will try to use more of their dime package to get both Williams and Eric Kelly on the field.
Wed, 02 Oct 2002 10:34:29 -0700
Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press Minnesota Vikings rookie CB Brian Williams likely will take over again for CB Eric Kelly at nickel cornerback.
Thu, 12 Sep 2002 07:24:06 -0700
In an update to Tuesday's story, the Pioneer Press reports Minnesota Vikings CB Eric Kelly has accepted his demotion from the starting lineup. He realizes he did not play all that well in the team's first game. As noted, he's been replaced by Tyrone Carter in the starting lineup.
Mon, 09 Sep 2002 21:58:05 -0700
The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings are giving some thought to benching CB Eric Kelly with former S Tyrone Carter. "We're looking at [a change] real close," defensive coordinator Willie Shaw said, "trying to maybe get a little older on the field. . . . We're so young out there, we're like cattle. If something goes wrong out there, we kind of stampede and go crazy. It's hard to settle them down. We don't have enough veteran leadership to settle them down."
Mon, 05 Aug 2002 23:20:50 -0700
The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings CB Eric Kelly (muscle strain) was back at practice Monday.
Sat, 03 Aug 2002 18:50:39 -0700
The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings CB Eric Kelly (strained hamstring) missed both team practices Saturday.
Sat, 03 Aug 2002 08:44:08 -0700
Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press Minnesota Vikings CB Eric Kelly (tight hamstring) missed some of Friday night's practice.
Sat, 27 Apr 2002 19:57:37 -0700
The Associated Press reports if the 2002 season started today the Minnesota Vikings starting secondary would be: Corey Chavous at left corner, Eric Kelly at right corner, Tyrone Carter at strong safety and Carey Scott at free safety. Rookies Willie Offord and Brian Williams are the main backups at safety and coach Mike Tice plans to make them starters once they're ready.
Fri, 04 Jan 2002 20:44:23 -0800
The Star-Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings FS Orlando Thomas (death in family) was back at practice Friday and he worked with the first team. Rookie CB Eric Kelly took many snaps with the first team at left cornerback, despite the return to practice of Dale Carter (hamstring). FB Jim Kleinsasser (ankle) did not practice again Friday and he is expected to be OUT Monday. Harold Morrow is expected to return kicks and Nate Jacquet could return punts. LB Lemanski Hall (shoulder) was back practicing with the first team at strongside linebacker after playing exclusively on special teams last week. WR Cris Carter (rib) said Thursday that the injury would make it difficult for him to play and he was of the same mindset Friday.
Wed, 02 Jan 2002 18:58:53 -0800
Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press the Minnesota Vikings plan to put OL David Dixon and Corbin Lacina back in the starting lineup this week. Dixon was benched in favor of Everett Lindsay, and Calvin Collins played in front of Lacina against the Packers last week. Lindsay is expected to be the backup at every position this week, and Collins likely will spell Lacina. FS Orlando Thomas and RCB Robert Tate are scheduled to start again. Thomas (death in family) missed practice today, but he should be back tomorrow. Eric Kelly could see a lot of action at left corner if Dale Carter (hamstring) can't play. Jim Nelson is expected to start at weakside linebacker and Andre O'Neal is set to start at strongside linebacker. QB Spergon Wynn is also slated to start.
Thu, 27 Dec 2001 20:34:42 -0800
In addition to the previously reported change that has Minnesota Vikings FS Orlando Thomas returning to the starting lineup in place of Tyrone Carter, the Star-Tribune reports it appears CB Robert Tate will start at right cornerback ahead of Eric Kelly. Kelly likely will serve as a nickel back for the rest of the season.
Wed, 14 Nov 2001 20:02:02 -0800
According to the Star Tribune, the Minnesota Vikings are contemplating some changes in the secondary for Monday's game - if SS Robert Griffith is ready to return from a broken leg. Of of the scenarios includes Tyrone Carter at free safety and Dale Carter at cornerback. Carter and Orlando Thomas shared time at free safety on the Vikings first-team defense in practice today. Carter is making a push to start at left cornerback. Kenny Wright likely would move to right corner and rookie Eric Kelly would be at the nickel or dime spot. If Griffith is not able to play, then all the changes may be off.
Tue, 23 Oct 2001 19:54:46 -0700
Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press it appears Minnesota Vikings rookie CB Eric Kelly will keep his starting job for now. Kenny Wright has moved from left to right cornerback to facilitate the move of Kelly into the lineup as the starting left cornerback. An injury to Robert Tate (shoulder) created the need for a change. Tate has been playing in nickel-defense situations to help ease him back into the lineup. In those instances, Kelly has moved to nickel cornerback, Tate has played on the right side and Wright has played on the left side. The team is hesitant to allow Tate to play a full game at this point.
Wed, 17 Oct 2001 18:47:42 -0700
According to Mike Wells of the Pioneer Press, Minnesota Vikings rookie CB Eric Kelly will get his third consecutive start this weekend. Normal starting CB Robert Tate's shoulder injury is getting better, but the team has decided to stick with Kelly. "He (Tate) played in nickel and was effective in doing it," coach Dennis Green said. "I think he'll do the same thing this week but I don't think we'll play him in base (defense)." Tate goes to cornerback when he enters the game, and Kelly becomes the team's nickel back.
Thu, 11 Oct 2001 18:16:56 -0700
Mike Wells reports for the Pioneer Press Minnesota Vikings CB Robert Tate has not fully recovered from his shoulder injury and coach Dennis Green said Thursday the Vikings plan to go with the starting secondary they used against New Orleans last week. Rookie CB Eric Kelly is going to get his second career start at left cornerback and Kenny Wright will start at Tate's right corner position. Green added Tate would probably play more this week than he did last week.
Tue, 09 Oct 2001 11:21:19 -0700
The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings CB Robert Tate (shoulder) will be re-evaluated Wednesday. If he is ready to return he would return to his starting position, currently held by rookie Eric Kelly.
Sun, 07 Oct 2001 22:10:22 -0700
The Star-Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings OL Corbin Lacina hurt his left ankle during the Vikings third-quarter touchdown drive. He finished that drive, but then never returned to the game. The Vikings diagnosed it as a sprain, but Lacina said he might have felt some pain in his Achilles' tendon as well. CB Robert Tate had to briefly play Sunday when the person that replaced him, rookie Eric Kelly, began cramping.
Thu, 04 Oct 2001 22:09:48 -0700
The Star-Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings CB Robert Tate again sat out most of practice on Thursday. Rookie Eric Kelly worked again as a first-team cornerback alongside Kenny Wright.
Wed, 03 Oct 2001 20:28:04 -0700
The Star-Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings appear ready to hold CB Robert Tate out of Sunday's game against New Orleans. Tate sat out most of practice Wednesday because the Vikings believe he is protecting his ailing right shoulder. The Vikings have asked him to find ways to compensate or else sit out indefinitely. Kenny Wright moved from left cornerback to Tate's position on the right side, while rookie CB Eric Kelly stepped in at left corner. The Vikings listed Tate as questionable on their injury report, but coach Dennis Green made it sound like he will not play.
Mon, 01 Oct 2001 16:25:28 -0700
The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings starting CB Robert Tate is still bothered by the shoulder he hurt in the pre-season. The team expects him to listed as questionable for Sunday's game with New Orleans. Coach Dennis Green is concerned about a lack of depth at defensive back. Rookie Eric Kelly and Keith Thibodeaux would be the top candidates to replace Tate if he's unable to go. Tate has been well enough to play but a weakened shoulder had made jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage difficult.
Fri, 31 Aug 2001 23:55:28 -0700
According to the Pioneer Press Minnesota Vikings RB Moe Williams rushed for 52 yards on five carries, including a 26-yarder. It was his first game action for the pre-season. Rookie CB Eric Kelly played solid in place of the injured Robert Tate. DT Winfield Garnett quietly continues to impress the team, receiving compliments from coaches and teammates.
Wed, 18 Jul 2001 15:33:42 -0700
Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with CB Eric Kelly, their third round draft pick. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed
Tue, 17 Jul 2001 08:22:43 -0700
According to the Pioneer Press, the Minnesota Vikings could agree to terms with their third-round pick, CB Eric Kelly, by the end of this week. Sources said Kelly turned down an initial three-year rookie minimum offer that included a $515,000 signing bonus.
Fri, 13 Jul 2001 15:29:34 -0700
Bill Williamson, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports for the Sporting News that Minnesota Vikings CBs Robert Tate, Kenny Wright, Wasswa Serwanga, Keith Thibodeaux, Eric Kelly and Carl Kidd will be competing for a starting role in training camp. Tate will have the edge and could retain his position at left CB. Wright and Kelly will be the main competitors for the starting job at right CB.
Fri, 04 May 2001 15:11:21 -0700
The Pioneer Press reports the Minnesota Vikings are entering mini-camp with their starting cornerback positions up for grabs. Rookie Eric Kelly may compete with Kenny Wright and Wasswa Serwanga at left corner while Robert Tate and rookie Carey Scott may compete for the right corner job.
Mon, 23 Apr 2001 02:24:25 -0700
Sid Hartman reports for the Star Tribune Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green likes his draft picks in the 2001 NFL Draft. He felt he added the defensive player and running back he wanted. Green is convinced that first-round draft choice Michael Bennett will be a good replacement for retired RB Robert Smith. Green received good reports on DE Willie Howard of Stanford from former assistant and current Stanfordf coach Tyrone Willingham. Green believes that third-round draft choice Eric Kelly could be a starting cornerback. Right now it appears the Vikings got three top players in the first three rounds and some others who can contribute in the remaining rounds.
Sun, 22 Apr 2001 00:59:03 -0700
Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press it appears the Minnesota Vikings would have selected RB Deuce McAllister over Michael Bennett if he was still on the board, according to coach Dennis Green. Green said McAllister was the fifth-best player on the Vikings board while Bennett was the top player available on their board when they selected. The Vikings had Stanford DL Willie Howard on their board for the first round. The good news for the Vikings was they were able to select him in the second round. Howard can play all four position on the defensive line. Kentucky CB Eric Kelly, drafted in the third round on Saturday, also will get a chance to compete for a starting job.