After some uncertainty, ex-Red Lion QB Chad Kelly ends up on Colts' practice squad

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Chad Kelly runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
  • Quarterback Chad Kelly was waived by the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday.
  • The ex-Red Lion High QB still ended up on the Colts' practice squad.
  • Kelly has had a number of off-the-field incidents over his career.
  • Kelly did enjoy a standout preseason with the Colts.

The Chad Kelly football saga took a few more twists and turns this week.

When the dust settled, however, the former Red Lion High School quarterback was still employed by the Indianapolis Colts.

Wednesday, Kelly was waived by the Colts. That meant that other NFL teams were free to claim the 25-year-old QB, if they so desired.

By 4 p.m. Thursday, however, no other NFL team placed a claim on Kelly. That meant the Colts were free to re-sign Kelly and put him on their practice squad. That is exactly what the Colts did.

He is now expected to serve as Indianapolis' third-string quarterback behind Jacoby Brissett and Brian Hoyer.

Kelly was suspended without pay for the first two games of the NFL regular season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after pleading guilty to misdemeanor second-degree criminal trespassing in March in Colorado. He was sentenced to supervised probation and community service. He was a backup QB with the Denver Broncos at the time. 

The Broncos later released Kelly and he signed with the Colts in May.

Colts coach Frank Reich told reporters Monday that he and general manager Chris Ballard had a "long conversation" in regard to Kelly. The Colts had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to make a move once Kelly was removed from the commissioner's exempt/suspended list.

He took part in the team's walk-through practice Wednesday before he was released.

Chad Kelly

Strong preseason: In four preseason games with the Colts, Kelly excelled, completing 54 of 73 passes (74%) for 583 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Kelly also had 10 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Kelly was the 2017’s “Mr. Irrelevant” — the final player chosen in the NFL draft — when the Broncos used their 253rd overall pick on him.

Kelly first gained York County recognition when he recovered from a frightening back injury to earn a national Punt, Pass & Kick championship.

Off-the-field incidents: Kelly, however, has suffered through numerous off-the-field incidents during his football career, starting at Red Lion, where he started as both a freshman and sophomore before getting suspended from the team in each of those years. 

His family later moved to Buffalo area, where he became a high school All-American before earning a scholarship to Clemson. He was dismissed from the Clemson team before eventually landing at Mississippi, where he became a two-year starter.

Kelly's uncle is Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

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