Former Ole Miss star Chad Kelly waived by Indianapolis Colts
Former Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly has been waived by the Indianapolis Colts, the NFL team announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Kelly, who had served a two-game suspension, was set to return and be the backup quarterback for Jacoby Brissette, who was thrust into the starter position after the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck before the season began.
The quarterback had a breakout season in 2015 for the Rebels, throwing for 4,042 yards and 31 touchdowns while also rushing for ten scores, helping lead the team to a 10-3 record and a 48-20 victory in the Sugar Bowl over Oklahoma State.
In his senior season in 2016, Kelly threw for 2,758 yards and 19 touchdowns before suffering an ACL injury on Nov. 5 against Georgia Southern.
Taken as the last pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, Kelly was placed on the reserve list after having wrist surgery. In 2018, he won the role as Case Keenum’s backup with the Broncos, taking his first professional snaps in Week 6 of that season.
The Broncos released Kelly following an arrest for suspicion of first-degree criminal trespassing. He would eventually agree to a misdemeanor of second-degree criminal trespassing on March 20, 2019, which resulted in a two-game suspension handed down by the NFL. Kelly signed with the Colts two months later.