If the news on the Chris Jones contract holdout wasn’t bad enough for the Kansas City Chiefs, during the final phases of practice on Tuesday, Tight End, Travis Kelce hyper-extended his knee. With two days to go until the season opener, the team will eagerly await the MRI conducted this afternoon to get the results.
You never want one of your stars to fall two days before any NFL game, let alone the primetime season opener. For Kansas City Chiefs Tight End, Travis Kelce, his debut could be pushed back a bit. Toward the end of practice, the Pro Bowl Tight End, Hyper-Extended his knee. The good news is he walked off the field with a limp and didn’t need any assistance.
Now Head Coach, Andy Reid and the rest of his teammates, will await the MRI results that were completed a short time ago. Losing Kelce in the season opener against the Detroit Lions would be a massive loss. Kelce probably represents well over 50% of the designed plays on Reid’s call sheet.
That means Noah Gray will have to assume the role of Kelce, and Reid might be forced to carry all seven wide receivers for Thursday Night’s game.
The injury is a kick in the teeth to Chiefs fans, who are already upset over the Chris Jones saga. Though the two sides have bridged the gap to about $9.5 million in total value, it appears the Katz Brothers on advice from Jones, are holding steady on breaking the $30M per year barrier.
Losing two of the team’s best players means Quarterback, Patrick Mahomes will have to carry the load. The fact is we still have two days left. So there is enough time to adjust the game plan and see where things stand with the Kelce injury.
On the bright side, Kelce is a warrior and if there’s even a remote chance he can play, assuming the MRI reveals no damage, he’ll give everything he can to make himself available Thursday Night.