The reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs could be without one of their most important players when they kick off the 2023 regular season against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. Following Tuesday’s practice session, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters that star tight end Travis Kelce hyperextended his knee, per ESPN.
Kelce’s availability for Week 1 is in doubt, but this is not believed to be a long-term injury, as confirmed by CBS Sports NFL Lead Insider Jonathan Jones. The Chiefs will first reportedly wait for the swelling to go down. When the official injury report was released on Tuesday afternoon, Kelce was listed as a limited participant.
“We’ll just see how he does going forward,” Reid said, via Adam Schefter.
Following tests conducted on Tuesday, the Chiefs believe that Kelce’s ACL is intact, according to ESPN. There is inflammation in his knee and the tight end will test it again Wednesday to determine his availability for Thursday’s opener.
Kelce is the best tight end in the NFL, and is coming off of a campaign in which he caught a career-high 110 passes for 1,338 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns while the Chiefs returned to their place atop the NFL world with a Super Bowl LVII victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. In that matchup, Kelce became the first tight end in NFL history to lead the Super Bowl victor in receiving yards twice, recording six receptions for 81 yards and one touchdown.