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Rams rookie John Kelly receives diversion sentence in Tennessee for marijuana charge

Rams rookie running back John Kelly pleaded guilty and received judicial diversion to settle a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge in Tennessee, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

Kelly, who played at Tennessee, was a sixth-round pick in last month’s draft. The Rams said Kelly was excused from Monday’s and Tuesday’s practices but had no further comment.

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The Rams are scheduled to hold their third organized-team workout Thursday.

Kelly, 21, and a Volunteers teammate were arrested in October after a traffic stop, according to the newspaper report. Kelly must pay a $250 fine and court costs. If he fulfills the terms of his judicial diversion, the guilty plea will be expunged from his record.

Kelly is trying to earn a roster spot in a running back group that includes Todd Gurley, the reigning NFL offensive player of the year, Malcolm Brown and second-year pro Justin Davis.

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