The Redskins declined to tender Kelley a contract for 2019 on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
No surprise here, as Washington was able to re-sign Adrian Peterson on Wednesday and otherwise has the promising Derrius Guice (knee) on a rookie deal. Given Kelley's historical lack of efficiency while running the ball, he seems to have long odds of securing a fantasy-relevant role in advance of the 2019 season.
Kelley (toe) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Kelley suffered a toe injury in Sunday's loss against the Colts and will be required to undergo surgery. Before exiting Week 2, Kelley logged only one offensive snap. With Kelley sidelined for at least the next eight games of the season, Samaje Perine could be in line to receive snaps behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson.
Coach Jay Gruden said Kelley is expected to miss at least one month due to surgery on his toe, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Unlike Samaje Perine, Kelley has been active the first two games, but his usage has been minimal behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. As evidence, Kelley managed only one offensive snap during Sunday's loss to the Colts, which he left for a spell to have his toe examined. Although he returned to action, Gruden expects Kelley to go under the knife in the near future. If Kelley does, the Redskins are apt to activate Perine on game days for the foreseeable future.
Kelley left Sunday's game with a toe injury and is questionable to return, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Kelley's questionable diagnosis suggests the injury might not keep him sidelined too long. The Redskins' No. 3 running back has been reduced to a limited role with the backfield emergence of Adrian Peterson but Kelley is still regarded as a high-end reserve.
Kelley took three carries for seven yards in Sunday's 24-6 win over the Cardinals.
Kelley played eight snaps on offense and nine on special teams, serving as the No. 3 running back behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. It isn't clear that Washington would turn to Kelly in the event of a Peterson injury, as Samaje Perine's inactive status theoretically could be attributed to his lack of value on special teams.