Travis Kelce Questionable for Chiefs’ Season Opener
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is questionable for Thursday’s season opener against the Detroit Lions after hyperextending his knee in practice on Tuesday.
Kelce underwent tests on Tuesday, and the Chiefs believe his ACL is intact. However, he has inflammation in the knee and will need to see how it responds to treatment before a final decision is made on his availability.
If Kelce is unable to play, the Chiefs will likely turn to Noah Gray and Blake Bell at tight end. Gray caught 28 passes with a touchdown last season, while Bell missed most of the year with a hip flexor injury.
The Chiefs also have two tight ends on their practice squad, Matt Bushman and Jody Fortson. Bushman received a few snaps with the starting group after Kelce’s injury, which suggests that he could be in line for playing time if Kelce is ruled out.
Kelce is one of the best tight ends in the NFL, and his absence would be a major blow to the Chiefs’ offense. However, the team has depth at the position and should be able to manage without him if necessary.