Player Page

Chris Kelsay | Defensive Lineman

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/31/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 263
College: Nebraska
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

Bills DE Chris Kelsay is retiring from football.
The move saves Buffalo $5.175 million in salary cap space. Going on 34, Kelsay wasn't effective in a reserve role as he fought through a neck injury last season. Due $4.9 million, he was certain to be released, so he instead chose to go out on his own terms. A 10-year veteran and a starter between 2004-11, Kelsay finishes his career with 32.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles across 147 games. He spent his entire career in Buffalo. Wed, Feb 27, 2013 06:22:00 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

The Bills can save $4.9 million by releasing DE Chris Kelsay.

In other words, they'll likely be cutting Kelsay. Kelsay was playing roughly half of the Bills' snaps before a neck injury knocked him out for the season in Week 12. He notched just two sacks, and graded out very poorly in Pro Football Focus' ratings. That's not good news for a player going on 34 years of age.
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 05:15:00 PM

Bills DE Chris Kelsay (neck) has been cleared to begin working out.

Kelsay suffered a torn ligament in his neck and was placed on injured reserve after Week 12. The ten-year veteran recorded two sacks in a reserve role last season, and is due a $3.725 million base salary. He'll be set to go for OTAs.
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 05:41:00 PM

Bills placed DE Chris Kelsay (neck) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Kelsay aggravated the torn ligament in his neck during Week 12. The ten-year veteran was turned into a rotational end this season thanks to the Bills' revamped front seven. He finishes with just two sacks and a career-low 14 tackles in nine games. Kelsay's on-field production isn't worth the $3.725 million he's owed in 2013.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 10:18:00 AM

Bills coach Chan Gailey hinted that DE Chris Kelsay (neck) could end up on injured reserve.

Kelsay aggravated the torn ligament in his neck against the Colts in Week 12. "Kelsay's still not good right now," Gailey said. "He's still not good. I don't know how that's going to work out, to be honest with you." Kelsay's 10th season in Buffalo is proving to be his worst as he has just two sacks in nine games.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 08:59:00 AM

Bills DE Chris Kelsay aggravated his neck injury in Sunday's loss, and "could miss some time."

Kelsay was suiting up Sunday for the first time since Week 9. If "some time" is anything more than 1-2 games, he could be a candidate for injured reserve. Kelsay has been starting in the absence of RE Mark Anderson (knee surgery). Anderson will likely be sidelined at least 1-2 more weeks.
Mon, Nov 26, 2012 03:39:00 PM

Bills DE Chris Kelsay (neck) participated in Monday's practice, and expects to be active for Week 12.

"I definitely plan on playing," Kelsay said. "Hopefully, it's something that time and rest will heal, and we'll move forward. Structurally, everything's sound." Kelsay revealed Monday his injury was actually a torn neck ligament, but says he's not putting his body at further risk by playing. With RE Mark Anderson (knee surgery) still sidelined, Kelsay will start opposite Mario Williams if he can go against the Colts.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 04:23:00 PM

Bills DE Chris Kelsay (neck) has been ruled out for Week 11.

With Mark Anderson (knee surgery) out indefinitely, the Bills will remain thin at defensive end opposite Mario Williams. Kyle Moore and Shawne Merriman will likely rotate snaps against the Dolphins.
Wed, Nov 14, 2012 01:58:00 PM

Bills DE Chris Kelsay (neck) has a 50-50 shot of playing in Thursday's game against the Dolphins.

Kelsay missed the Week 10 loss to the Patriots and now the short week is working against him. The Bills will also be without fellow DE Mark Anderson (knee). Kyle Moore and Shawne Merriman are next up on the depth chart opposite Mario Williams.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 08:17:00 AM

Chris Kelsay (questionable, neck) is not expected to play in Week 10 against the Patriots.

Kelsay suffered a mid-week neck injury, and his status for Sunday will likely come down to a game-time decision. If Kelsay is ruled out, Kyle Moore and Shawne Merriman will replace him in the starting lineup. Mark Anderson (out, knee) is hoping to avoid season-ending surgery.
Sat, Nov 10, 2012 07:07:00 PM

Bills DE Chris Kelsay called out Buffalo's defense on Monday, suggesting some Bills players aren't giving 100 percent on the field.

"We’ve got to understand what accountability means across the board, playing hard every play," said Kelsay. "You watch the film and not everybody was playing hard every snap and that’s unacceptable." Added Kelsay, "I’d take Mario Williams at full health and full speed probably over anybody else in the league. At the same time I’d take Sean Ferguson, who we cut, over a guy that’s playing 50 percent, and I think our coaches would too."
Mon, Oct 22, 2012 06:00:00 PM

Bills DE Chris Kelsay's snaps will be scaled back "significantly" in 2012.

He may not even start after the offseason additions of LE Mario Williams and RE Mark Anderson. Kelsay, now entering his age-33 season, registered five sacks and two forced fumbles in 12 starts a year ago. Expect his stats to dwindle.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 07:08:00 PM

Coach Chan Gailey says the Bills will still use multiple defensive fronts despite their official switch to a 4-3 scheme.

"When we hand you a lineup card, it's going to have two defensive tackles, two defensive ends, and three linebackers," Gailey said. "But how much we end up in even spacing (or) odd spacing ... that's determined by players and the offense we're playing." The Bills will mix in some 3-4, but new DC Dave Wannstedt has only ever coached 4-3s. Finding 4-3 players will be a priority in the draft.
Tue, Jan 31, 2012 11:20:00 AM

Bills OLB/DE Chris Kelsay (calf) has been ruled out for Week 10 against the Cowboys.

Kelsay has been hindered by the injury for over a month now. Danny Batten, Arthur Moats, and Spencer Johnson have been rotating in as the Bills continue to show more 4-3 looks with NT Kyle Williams out.
Fri, Nov 11, 2011 09:27:00 AM

Bills OLB Chris Kelsay (calf) is expected to return to his starting job against the Redskins this week.

Kelsay will start on one side with Danny Batten on the other. Coach Chan Gailey plans a rotation, however, with Arthur Moats and Spencer Johnson also seeing plenty of snaps. With Kyle Williams and Shawne Merriman out, the Bills are still a terrific matchup for opposing fantasy players.
Fri, Oct 28, 2011 09:26:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1E.J. Manuel
2Thad Lewis
3Jeff Tuel
4Dennis Dixon
RB1C.J. Spiller
2Fred Jackson
3Bryce Brown
4Anthony Dixon
5Ronnie Wingo
GLB1Fred Jackson
2Bryce Brown
3RB1Fred Jackson
2C.J. Spiller
FB1Frank Summers
2Evan Rodriguez
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Chris Hogan
4Chris Summers
5Naaman Roosevelt
WR21Robert Woods
2Mike Williams
3T.J. Graham
4Marcus Easley
5Kevin Elliott
WR31Mike Williams
TE1Scott Chandler
2Tony Moeaki
3Lee Smith
4Chris Gragg
5Dominique Jones
K1Dan Carpenter
2Dustin Hopkins