Colts QB Chad Kelly Waived After Serving 2-Game Suspension

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - AUGUST 17: Chad Kelly #6 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass before the preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis Colts waived quarterback Chad Kelly on Wednesday after his two-game suspension came to an end.

The 2017 seventh-round pick's suspension stemmed from an October 2018 arrest that carried a criminal trespassing charge. He was a member of the Denver Broncos at the time of the incident.

After a plea agreement dropped a first-degree felony first-degree criminal trespassing charge, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor second-degree criminal trespassing charge in March. He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and 50 hours of community service.

Denver released Kelly following the arrest in October. He remained unsigned until late May, when Indianapolis signed the 25-year-old to provide depth behind then-starter Andrew Luck and Jacoby Brissett.

The Colts' quarterback room got a shake-up on Aug. 24, though, when Luck suddenly retired just two weeks before the regular season kicked off. Brissett was elevated as the starter, and the team subsequently signed veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer to a three-year, $12 million deal to serve as the backup. 

With that, Kelly became expendable.

Though the Ole Miss product spent the first two weeks of the regular season sidelined by a suspension, he did see action during the preseason. In four appearances for the Colts, the 6'2", 216-pound quarterback completed 74 percent of his passes (54 of 73) for 583 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while adding 10 carries for 107 rushing yards and two scores on the ground.

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He has one career appearance in the NFL, which came in Week 6 of the 2018 campaign.

Chad is the nephew of legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.

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