Chiefs TE Travis Kelce hyperextended knee during practice; status TBD for kickoff game vs. Lions

Another Kansas City Chiefs star could be questionable for Thursday night’s season opener against the Detroit Lions.

On Tuesday, head coach Andy Reid told reporters that tight end Travis Kelce hyperextended his knee in practice.

“So we’ll see how he does going forward,” Reid said. “They’re looking at it now. We’ll just see how it goes.”

Kelce, who hasn’t missed a game due to injury since 2013, absent for any period of time would be massive for the Super Bowl champs.

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The tight end generated 110 receptions (third-most in the NFL), 1,338 yards (eighth), and 12 touchdowns (second) in 2022. Since Patrick Mahomes took over under center in 2018, Kelce has generated 493 catches and 6,298 receiving yards, the most by any QB-pass catcher duo over that span. Earning eight straight Pro Bowl appearances, Kelce has led the Chiefs in receptions in six of the past seven seasons.

Noah Gray and Blake Bell are the tight ends in line if Kelce misses time.

The Chiefs entered the offseason with questions once again at receiver, with young players like Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore expected to take on bigger roles. The safety net to all the WR discussion was the assumption that Kelce would continue to be Mahomes’ security blanket and big-play target.

Now, two days from the 2023 Kickoff Game, that assumption is in question.

With the Chris Jones situation still unresolved, it’s possible K.C. could be without two of its biggest stars come Thursday.

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