OXFORD, Miss. — Quarterback Chad Kelly’s workout at Mississippi’s pro day ended prematurely because of a wrist injury.
The former Red Lion High School quarterback threw about a dozen passes at the Rebels’ indoor practice facility before leaving with what he said was a sprain. He said he first hurt the wrist on his throwing arm last week and aggravated the injury Monday.
“I tried pushing through it this whole week and it felt good,” Kelly said. “And then I just kind of threw one, turning my wrist over pretty hard and it felt weird. And then I threw one in the flat, and it just didn’t feel the same. The guys decided to call it quits for the day and hopefully come back in a week or two and see how it is.”
Ole Miss spokesman Kyle Campbell said Kelly has rescheduled the workout for April 22 on campus.
The Monday workout was supposed to be a chance for Kelly to impress NFL scouts after he was left out of the league’s scouting combine. Instead, more questions have probably been added to his checkered resume.
“It’s a bummer, man,” former Ole Miss wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow said. “You hate to see one of your brothers go down, especially at a moment like this. I’m praying for him. I know he’s going to be good.”
Kelly’s past troubles caused the NFL to revoke his invitation to the combine. In April 2014, Kelly was kicked out of Clemson following a sideline argument with coaches. In January 2015, Kelly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct as part of an agreement stemming from a fight with two nightclub bouncers.
Last October, Kelly wasn’t charged but was involved in an on-field scuffle during his brother’s high school game in Buffalo.
“Every decision and everything you do is going to be put in a microscope,” Kelly said. “One bad thing can blow up just like that. I’ve just got to be smart with everything I do and of course the past is going to come up.”
Kelly also had troubles at Red Lion. He started for the Lions as both a freshman and sophomore, but was suspended from the Lions' football team in both seasons before his family moved to the Buffalo area, where he became a high school All-American.
His senior season ended one month early because of a knee injury. He had surgery in November for a torn ligament and cartilage damage in his right knee.
When he played, Kelly was often spectacular. He was leading the Southeastern Conference at the time of his injury with 2,758 yards passing, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He threw for more than 4,000 yards as a junior and led Ole Miss to a Sugar Bowl win over Oklahoma State.
The 6-foot-2 Kelly is the nephew of Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.
“I just want an opportunity to show what I can do,” Kelly said. “I take every day one step at a time. I try to get my knee better and be mentally there all the way and not have to think about outside factors. Every day I just try to get to work and do the best I can.”