The Kansas City Chiefs open the regular season on Thursday night against the Detroit Lions in the NFL season opener.
It now appears that Kansas City may be without two of its three best players to open the season.
At his Tuesday press conference, head coach Andy Reid confirmed that Travis Kelce ‘hyper-extended’ his knee at practice. Reid cut his press conference short after just two minutes and did not provide any further detail on the injury.
The head coach said he was uncertain of Kelce’s availability for Thursday. He said the injury occurred right in front of him.
An official injury designation will not come from the team until the Chiefs Wednesday’s injury report. If Kelce cannot play, third-year tight end Noah Grey and season-veteran Blake Bell will have to step up in his absence.
“The next guy steps in, and we roll,” Reid said. “That’s what you do if that’s the case.”
Reid had little else to say about the injury, wrapping up the presser in less than three minutes.
According to the Athletic’s Nate Taylor, second-year receiver Skyy Moore was on the field during the injury. Moore told Taylor that Kelce was able to leave the field without assistance from medical staff.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said that Kelce’s injury does not appear to be long-term after an MRI.
More tests are believed to be needed on the knee in the coming days as swelling reduces. NFL Network’s James Palmer believes the TE could be looking at one to two weeks off the field.
It’s all but certain that the team will be without defensive star Chris Jones in Week 1. Reid said there had been no new progress on when the defensive star may return to the team.
Kelce spoke to reporters one day prior to suffering the knee injury in practice.
Several other Chiefs players spoke to reporters ahead of the team’s first game of the 2023 season on Tuesday.