After an injury forced him to curtail his throwing session at Ole Miss pro day, Chad Kelly told reporters that it was “just a strained wrist” and that he expected to be back out throwing for NFL scouts within “a week or two.”
It turns out the damage is more severe than anticipated. Kelly won’t be able to throw for three months after going under the knife to repair “an acute rupture ligament between two bones in his wrist,” his agent told USA Today. Kelly is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for NFL training camp.
Still, it’s yet another blow to the draft stock of a guy who’s already trying to battle his way back from a torn ACL and a bruised public image. Kelly’s senior season ended three games early when he blew out his knee against Georgia Southern in early November. He’d recovered enough to be cleared to throw at the NFL Combine four months later, but the league yanked his invite weeks before the event, later suggesting it had something to do with his 2015 arrest outside of bar in Buffalo, N.Y. So Chad moved on to the next opportunity at Ole Miss pro day... only to tweak his wrist injury less than five minutes into his throwing routine.
Once thought to be one of the best quarterback prospects in this year’s draft, Kelly’s currently projected as a seventh-round pick by CBS Sports.