NFL evaluators hoping for one last chance to get a read on Chad Kelly before the draft are out of luck.
The former Ole Miss quarterback underwent surgery Monday to repair a ruptured ligament in his throwing wrist, USA Today Sports reported. He will not be allowed to throw for three months.
The report said doctors are confident Kelly will be back to full speed in time for training camp, but the procedure will sideline him for rookie mini-camp and OTAs.
It's just the latest reason for NFL teams to question whether Kelly is worth a draft pick later this month. The 23-year-old nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly had a checkered college career that saw him kicked off the team at Clemson before winning a junior college national championship at East Mississippi and finding redemption at Ole Miss.
But his final college season ended with a torn ACL and lateral meniscus suffered Nov. 5, and Kelly wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine due to past off-field issues. He then cut his pro day workout at Ole Miss on April 3 short after about a dozen passes, saying he had aggravated a wrist injury suffered the week before.
Chad Kelly explaining what happened with his wrist pic.twitter.com/VoRnNzci8O
— Antonio Morales (@AntonioCMorales) April 3, 2017
The plan at the time was for Kelly to try and throw for scouts April 22, less than a week before the draft, but that won't happen now.