Chad Kelly Underwent Surgery on Wrist Injury, Won't Throw for 3 Months

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2017

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22:  Chad Kelly #10 of the Mississippi Rebels throws the ball during a game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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On Monday, NFL draft quarterback prospect Chad Kelly underwent wrist surgery, which will prevent him from throwing for three months.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the surgery repaired "an acute rupture of [the] ligament between two bones in [his] throwing wrist."          

Pelissero added Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure and that Kelly's agent, Duray Oubre, said Andrews believes the quarterback will be ready for training camp.

Kelly threw for 2,758 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions to go along with 332 rushing yards and five rushing scores in nine games for Ole Miss last season.

In 2015, Kelly seemingly established himself as a potential top quarterback prospect with 4,042 passing yards, 31 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 509 rushing yards and 10 rushing scores.

His regression and his injury issues in 2016 knocked him off the 2017 draft radar, but the 23-year-old could be a late-round steal at the end of April.

The nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly comes with some off-field baggage. He was arrested in December 2014 at a Buffalo, New York, nightclub, and it reportedly resulted in the league rescinding his invitation to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, per SB Nation's Jeanna Thomas.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller ranked Kelly as the No. 8 quarterback and No. 172 overall player in the 2017 class in his NFL draft big board released March 8.


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