The NFL isn't merely punishing Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly by excluding him from the NFL scouting combine.
The league also is hurting the clubs who want to find out whether they should invest a draft pick in the talented-but-checkered St. Joe's alum.
Kelly has had his problems along the way. Clemson dumped him. He was arrested downtown for getting into a barroom skirmish. He found himself in the middle of a melee while trying to help his little brother after a brawl broke out at a St. Joe's-Bishop Timon game.
The NFL released its combine invite list Wednesday, and some important folks were miffed Kelly was omitted.
Three NFL general managers texted me Wednesday to express their disappointment Kelly won't be welcomed. The decision is counterintuitive. Scouts want to interview Kelly. They want to hear him explain his actions.
Kelly's reps joined "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan and claimed they had a combine invitation dated Jan. 6, and the NFL already had arranged Kelly's travel to Indy.
Kelly's reps added the NFL has been silent about its change of mind.
It makes zero sense.