The eight-time Pro Bowl tight end was initially described by former head coach Andy Reid as having a hyperextended knee during Tuesday’s practice. Rapoport and NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero later classified the injury as a bone bruise, which is not considered a long-term issue.
What wrong with Kelce
Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce did not play in Thursday’s NFL opener against the Detroit Lions after hyperextending his knee during practice on Tuesday. The Chiefs’ star offensive weapon was officially listed among the game’s inactive players.
It seemed he avoided the worst when Kelce was diagnosed with a “bone bruise” after hyperextending his knee during practice on Tuesday. However, his status remains in question for the Chiefs’ home opener against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. On the team’s most recent injury report, Kelce was officially listed as questionable.
Who is the Chiefs’ backup tight end
Noah Gray is listed on the Chiefs’ website as the team’s immediate backup to Travis Kelce. Behind Gray on the depth chart is journeyman Blake Bell. On Thursday afternoon, the team also released another strong player, Matt Bushman, from its practice squad.
Gray is entering his third NFL season after the Chiefs drafted him out of Duke University in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He has recorded 35 receptions and two touchdowns in his pro career.
Bell will begin his third season in his second stint with the Chiefs on Thursday night after previous stops in San Francisco, Minnesota, Jacksonville and Dallas. To date, he has 59 receptions and one touchdown as he enters his ninth season as a professional.
When will come back
Travis Kelce will not play for the Kansas City Chiefs in Thursday night’s NFL season opener against the Detroit Lions due to excessive extension of his knee.
So if you’re wondering how long Travis Kelce will be out and whether he’ll start in week one against the Detroit Lions… wow, boy, here’s everything we know.
Kelce is the star tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and is considered one of the greatest NFL players of all time. He is an eight-time Pro Bowler and a four-time first-team All-Pro selection. He holds the NFL record for receiving 1,000 yards receiving in seven consecutive seasons and the most overall seasons. In 2022, he and his brother Jason—center for the Philadelphia Eagles—made NFL history as the first brothers to face each other in the Super Bowl.
Will Travis Kelce play tonight
Of course, everyone wants to know whether Travis Kelce will play in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions on Thursday, September 7, 2023, after suffering an extreme knee injury during practice on Tuesday, September 4, 2023. The answer is ‘it will be a game time decision’ but it appears he will not play. No offense to the Lions, but the Chiefs probably don’t need Kelce to get the win tonight, so they can rest him as a precaution.