The Kansas City Chiefs and their fans held their collective breath on Tuesday when it was revealed that star tight end Travis Kelce had gotten hurt at practice. Kelce reportedly suffered a hyper-extended knee, which Andy Reid said clouded his availability for Week 1.
The Chiefs are set to take on the Detroit Lions on Thursday Night Football. As the defending Super Bowl champions, Kansas City will be hosting the season opener against a rising Detroit team looking to make some noise in 2023.
Kansas City’s chances of winning certainly take a hit if Travis Kelce is unable to get on the field. He isn’t the only star whose availability is in jeopardy, as defensive tackle Chris Jones remains away from the team. He is holding out for a contract extension.
Luckily for the Chiefs, they did receive some good news on the Travis Kelce front. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, tests conducted on Thursday showed that his ACL is intact, so there isn’t any structural damage done to his knee.
The All-Pro tight end is dealing with some swelling and inflammation in the knee, which is to be expected. He will test things out on Wednesday, which could determine his availability for Thursday night’s game.
Travis Kelce’s brother, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, provided an update as well. He revealed to WIP that the two had spoken and shared what they knew.
“He’s got some swelling going on,” Jason Kelce said. “From what we know right now, his knee is fine. It’s about getting that swelling down and [seeing] how bruised that bone is.” (H/T ESPN)
Should Travis Kelce have to miss the game, the Chiefs will likely turn to Noah Gray to take over as the starter. He and Blake Bell are the only other tight ends currently on the 53-man roster.
Kansas City’s game plan would have to be adjusted as well. Wide receivers Skyy Moore and Marquez Valdez-Scantling would certainly see a bump in targets as well. Kadarius Toney, should he be able to suit up, would be heavily involved, too.