Former Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly is going to need some faith and patience from whichever team selects him in this month’s NFL Draft.
According to a report from USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, Kelly underwent surgery on Monday to repair an acute rupture of a ligament between two bones in his throwing wrist. He is not expected to be able to throw for at least three months.
Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly had surgery Monday for an acute rupture of ligament between two bones in throwing wrist. No throwing for 3 months.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 11, 2017
The injury was revealed during Kelly’s attempt to perform at Ole Miss’ pro day last week, which was cut short after he experienced pain in the wrist while throwing for NFL scouts. According to SEC Country’s Alec Shirkey, who was in attendance for the display, Kelly had reportedly been cleared to participate in a 35-to-45-play scripted throwing session in front scouts. But after attempting 10-20 passes, Kelly was seen walking off the field with trainers.
“It happened last week. I tried pushing through it this whole week. Felt good,” Kelly said after leaving the field at Ole Miss pro day, per Shirkey. “And then (I) threw one, turning my wrist over pretty hard. It felt weird. Threw one in the flat and it just didn’t feel the same.”
Kelly is already attempting to comeback from ACL surgery after an injury sustained during the 2016 football season cut his senior year short for the Rebels. Adding Kelly’s new wrist ailment to the ACL injury and concerns about his past creates a very unpredictable draft environment for the talented Rebels quarterback.
The 23 year old, who is probably best known in NFL circles as being the nephew of Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly, threw for 6,800 yards passing and 50 touchdowns over portions of two seasons for Ole Miss. He teamed up with 2016 first-round WR Laquon Treadwell to lead the Rebels to a Sugar Bowl victory during the 2015 season.