Chad Kelly’s hopes of making an immediate impact with the Denver Broncos is in jeopardy.
The former Ole Miss quarterback, drafted by the franchise in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, was placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list on Monday, per an official release from the Broncos.
Players who remain on the NFI list into the regular season have to miss the first six weeks of the regular season.
We've placed Jake Butt, Chad Kelly & Shaq Barrett on the NFI list. Kyle Peko will start #BroncosCamp on PUP list.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) July 24, 2017
Considering Broncos camp is just getting underway this week (rookies reported on Sunday and veterans report this Wednesday), Kelly still has a chance to recover in time to come off the list by Sept. 11, when the Broncos face the San Diego Chargers in Week 1.
In many ways, the non-football injury list is similar to the physically unable to perform (PUP) list but it’s designated for players who injured themselves doing “non-football activities.”
While Kelly did injure his wrist doing football-related activities — first hurting it in preparation for Ole Miss’ Pro Day — it happened in college and, thus, fits the guidelines.
All three players — Kelly, TE Jake Butt and LB Shaq Barrett — will have to gain medical clearance before returning to the field this summer.
Kelly is hoping to eventually get some meaningful playing time this season and push the other three QBs on the Broncos’ roster: Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Kyle Sloter.