Colts quarterback Chad Kelly has been suspended two games to start the 2019 season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, according to multiple reports.
Kelly can be with the team during the Colts’ offseason workouts and through the preseason, but he can’t participate with the team for the first two weeks of the regular season, ProFootballTalk notes.
NFL Network notes Kelly’s suspension is connected to an incident that happened while he was with the Broncos. He was arrested in October on trespassing charges for walking into a couple’s home after 1 a.m. local time, sitting on their couch and “mumbling incoherently.” A man in the home hit Kelly in the back with an aluminum vacuum tube and forced him out of the home.
He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge in March and agreed to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service.
“I have had multiple shakeups, but you know what, one thing is I am going to keep on bouncing back. Whether it’s yesterday, tomorrow, whatever the future might hold, but I am going to hit it straight on,” Kelly said earlier this week (per the Buffalo News).
Kelly, selected by Denver in the seventh round of the 2017 draft, was released from the Broncos last October after his arrest. He signed with the Colts earlier this week after he recently tried out for the team during its rookie minicamp. Kelly has the opportunity to make the roster as a third-string quarterback behind Andrew Luck and Jacoby Brissett.
“Whenever you take a person in Chad’s situation, it’s a case-by-case basis,” coach Frank Reich told reporters. “I felt like, from the tape that we saw, what the scouts thought (and) what we saw looking at the tape, the vetting that we did, the people we talked to, it just felt like we would give Chad a chance here to come in and compete as the fourth guy coming in and felt comfortable at that point with it.”
Kelly is coming off a season in which he played only one game for Denver during the regular season. He did have a strong 2018 preseason as he completed 40 of 60 passes for 466 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.