Vikings Family Feels For Lewis Kelly

Vikings head coach Mike Tice is often viewed as a no-nonsense, tough-guy sort. Often isn't always, as Tice and the Minnesota front office fight heartfelt feelings for offensive tackle Lewis Kelly.

The Minnesota Vikings and Mike Tice have been viewed as a match made in heaven. Many around the game believe that both parties are cold and manipulative. Obviously, those thoughts come from outside the Vikings family.

Today, we show a different side of these often misunderstood entities.

With the terrible and disheartening passing of Rakiva Kelly and her unborn child, the Minnesota Vikings organization stepped up and embraced Lewis Kelly, husband, father, and member of the Minnesota Vikings.

The organization rallied around Kelly, understanding that Kelly was in dire need of some time away from the game to grieve, giving him a leave of absence. In an unprecedented move, the league offices gave the Vikings a roster exemption for Kelly.

Today, the league offices are expected to lift the roster exemption for the team and Kelly, leaving the Vikings and Kelly in a precarious situation.

Members of the Vikings front office and coaching staff have discussed at length what course to take if and when they are forced to adhere to the league-mandated 53-player roster.

Presently, the organization is weighing all the options. From holding Kelly's roster spot, in hopes that he can return to the playing field soon, to placing him on the physically unable to perform list has been explored.

What will ultimately happen will be dictated by Lewis Kelly himself. There is no pressure coming from the Vikings organization, just support. If he can play, the Vikings will embrace him. If Kelly isn't emotionally ready to return to the gridiron, the Vikings are preparing for the game on the field without Kelly.

One thing is certain, though. Regardless of the decision, the Minnesota Vikings organization has embraced Lewis Kelly and he is a member of the family, whether he is playing or not.

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