During a practice session on Tuesday, Travis Kelce, the star tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, hurt his knee. This injury could affect whether he can play in the Chiefs’ first game of the season against the Detroit Lions on Thursday.
Travis Kelce Suffers Knee Injury in Practice
The head coach, Andy Reid, mentioned that Kelce’s knee got hyperextended during practice. They are now evaluating the extent of the injury, so it’s not clear if he’ll be able to play in the first game.
Some players who witnessed the injury said it happened during a part of practice where they were close to scoring. Kelce walked off the field with a limp, but at least he was able to walk on his own, which is somewhat positive news right after the incident.
Kelce had an MRI to get a better look at his knee, and the team is waiting for the results. Reports from NFL Network suggest that it might not be a long-term injury, and the Chiefs will wait for the swelling to go down before deciding what to do. They also believe that Kelce’s ACL (a ligament in the knee) is not damaged.
Kelce had an outstanding season in 2022, with 110 receptions, 1,338 yards, and 12 touchdowns. He was a key player in the Chiefs’ journey to Super Bowl LVII. Despite approaching 34 years old, he has shown no signs of slowing down.
As the Chiefs keep an eye on Kelce’s injury and how he’s recovering, there’s speculation about what might happen next. The team has other tight ends like Blake Bell and Noah Gray, but with Jody Fortson already on the injured reserve list, losing Kelce would be a significant setback for their offense, especially since they often use multiple tight ends in their game plans. They have some flexibility with another tight end, Matt Bushman, available on the practice squad, who could be called up for the game if Kelce can’t play.