Chad Kelly’s quest to make another NFL roster just got more complicated.
The NFL announced on Friday that Kelly, the former Ole Miss quarterback, will be suspended two regular-season games without pay for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
That’s assuming he makes a 53-man roster for the Colts or some other NFL team. Right now, he’s one of three quarterbacks bidding to be the primary backup for Pro Bowler Andrew Luck.
Kelly, the last player selected in the 2017 NFL draft, was released by the Denver Broncos late last October, one day after his arrest on suspicion of first-degree trespassing. He’d entered a home, perhaps mistakenly, after attending a Halloween party at a teammate’s nearby home.
Video of Kelly being chased from the home by a man wielding a vacuum cleaner wand was widely circuited online.
In the preseason, Kelly had won the battle to be Denver’s backup QB before the incident. He appeared briefly in one game but attempted no passes.
Kelly was out of the league until signing with the Colts on May 20, following a successful tryout at the team’s rookie minicamp.
He remains eligible to participate in the remaining portion of the Colts’ offseason workout program, training camp and preseason practices and games.
The other quarterbacks on the Colts’ roster are established backup Jacoby Brissett and 2018 practice squad QB Phillip Walker.
Indianapolis opens the season with road games against the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans.