Travis Kelce The Kansas City Chiefs believe All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce’s ACL is intact after tests on Tuesday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Travis Kelce The Chiefs will test Travis Kelce’s knee once again on Wednesday to see whether he can play in the NFL’s regular-season opener against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night, according to the source. Travis Kelce has inflammation in his knee.
Travis Kelce’s hyperextended knee was discovered during Tuesday’s practice, according to Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
When asked how the game strategy may change without Travis Kelce, Reid responded, “The next guy steps in and we roll.” If [he doesn’t play], that is what you do.
Skyy Moore, a wide receiver, claimed that he was in the middle of running a route when Travis Kelce was hurt.
Moore remarked, “He was limping when I saw him, like, just walking off the field,” adding that Kelce walked off the practice field alone. It was encouraging to see him stand up and leave the field on his own.
If Kelce is unable to play against the Lions, Moore predicted that the attack “would be a little bit different. The gaps will be filled in by everyone. Despite the fact that the tight end in question is undoubtedly a Hall of Famer, we will be able to finish the race.
Blake Bell and Noah Gray are the other tight ends on the Chiefs’ roster that are currently playing. Last season, Gray had 28 receptions for touchdowns. In eight NFL seasons with five clubs, Bell has 60 catches with one touchdown, despite missing the majority of the year due to a hip flexor injury.
Bell praised Kelce, saying, “He’s one of the toughest, and we can’t wait for him to get back out there.” We’ll just keep doing what we’re doing, and the other people in the room will be prepared to go when we are.
Two tight ends are also on the Chiefs’ practice squad, one of them, Matt Bushman, was a member of the team throughout training camp. After Kelce’s injury, according to Bushman, he got a few snaps with the starting lineup, which usually wouldn’t happen if he wasn’t going to play in the next game.
Defensive tackle Chris Jones, who is on strike and looking for a new deal, was also told by Reid on Tuesday that there has been “no progress” in negotiations.
I’m concentrating on the players who are present as we prepare to play the Lions. The rule of this game is that if you’re not there, you’re not there, according to Reid.
Since his rookie season in 2013, when he underwent a microfracture treatment on his knee, Kelce, who has exceeded 1,000 receiving yards in seven straight seasons, has not missed a game due to injury. Since 2014, the 33-year-old has only missed three games: a Week 16 contest in 2021 due to COVID-19, and twice in the last week of the season, in 2017 and 2020, when he rested.
The point spread for the game on Thursday night changed as a result of the injury to Kelce, with Kansas City moving from -6.5 to -5 at Caesars Sportsbook.