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Former Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly will need to be activated before Week 1 to avoid missing the first six weeks of the regular season.

Former Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly in danger of missing rookie year with Broncos

A lot of fans in Denver had hopes that their Mr. Irrelevant could emerge as a viable quarterback, but they may have to wait until next year.

Former Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly, still recovering from ACL surgery and surgery on his right wrist, was put on the non-football injury (NFI) list on July 24. That put him in jeopardy of missing the first six weeks of the regular season if he wasn’t activated before Week 1.

Andrew Mason, who writes for the Broncos’ official website, tweeted on Thursday that he thinks the franchise may just wait until next year to see what Kelly can bring to the position.

There’s still time for Kelly — the final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft — to heal up and come off the list. He has until Sept. 11, when the Broncos are scheduled to play the San Diego Chargers in Week 1.

The Broncos were hoping Kelly would be ready to push Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Kyle Sloter at the position.

KUSA-TV’s Mike Klis has previously reported that Kelly is not likely to make an appearance for Denver during the preseason.