As previously noted, Kansas City Chiefs’ star tight end Travis Kelce hyper-extended his knee during practice on Tuesday. Though the future Hall of Famer reportedly avoided a significant injury, his status for the club’s Week 1 opener on Thursday is in doubt.
Dr. Jesse Morse, a sports medicine physician based in Miami, Florida, has provided insight on Kelce’s injury. Morse believes “the minimum” injury is a bone bruise/knee sprain, swelling/pain and a capsular sprain.
Dr. Morse also thinks it’s improbable that Kelce will play in Week 1, but it’s “possible” should his MRI come back clean.
It’s an unfortunate break for Kelce and the defending champions, but it’s also a giant sigh of relief that he avoided a serious long-term injury. The soon-to-be 34-year-old has been incredibly durable throughout his career, playing six full seasons and appearing in at least 15 games every year since 2014.
A model of consistency, the two-time Super Bowl champion has exceeded 1,000 yards receiving every year since 2016. Last year, he had 110 receptions for 1,338 yards and a career-best 12 touchdowns.
Kansas City is trying to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the 2003 and ’04 New England Patriots. After hosting the Detroit Lions on Thursday, the Chiefs will get a much-needed 10-day break before visiting Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 17. They’ll then return come for a Week 3 showdown against the Chicago Bears.
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