Jason Kelce hoping to return for June minicamp

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Jason Kelce hoping to return for June minicamp

April 9, 2013, 8:00 pm
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UPDATED: April 10, 10:53 a.m.

Eagles center Jason Kelce will not participate in the team's first minicamp under head coach Chip Kelly next week but hopes to be ready for the June minicamp (not May as this story initially stated).

Kelce suffered a torn MCL and partially torn ACL in Week 2 of last season against Baltimore and missed the rest of the season. The Eagles' first minicamp -- only teams with new head coaches are permitted to hold a pre-draft camp -- is from April 16-18.

"I'm making a lot of good progress," Kelce said Tuesday on Comcast SportsNet's Philly Sports Talk. "I'm on track to be back at least for the second minicamp."

After the pre-draft camp, the Eagles hold OTAs in May, and on Wednesday Kelce clarified via text to CSNPhilly.com that he hopes to be back for the mandatory minicamp that runs from June 4-6.

Regardless, he expects to be back for the regular season.

"I'll be back in plenty of time for the season," he said.

The third-year pro had his MCL repaired first, then had to wait until the swelling subsided to have the ACL repaired.

"The MCL is at six months. The ACL will be at six months in a couple of weeks," Kelce said. "But they're both doing great."

The Eagles will hold OTAs on May 13-15, May 20-22 and May 28-31. In OTAs, live contact is not allowed, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

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