According to tests done on Tuesday, a source told that the Kansas City Chiefs are confident that All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce’s ACL is intact.

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Travis Kelce injury

According to the source, Travis Kelce has knee inflammation, and the Chiefs will test it once more on Wednesday to see whether he can play in the NFL’s regular-season opener against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

Andy Reid, the Chiefs’ head coach, had already disclosed that Travis Kelce had hyperextended his knee during Tuesday’s practice.

When asked how the game strategy may alter without Kelce, Reid responded, “The next man goes in and we roll. You do it if [he doesn’t play].

Wide receiver Skyy Moore said that Kelce was running a route when he was wounded during the play.

Moore remarked, “He was limping when I saw him, like, just walking off the field,” adding that Kelce walked off the practice field alone. It was encouraging to see him stand up and leave the field on his own.

If Travis Kelce is unable to play against the Lions, Moore predicted that the attack “would be a little bit different. The holes will be filled up by everyone. Despite the fact that the tight end in question is undoubtedly a Hall of Famer, we will be able to finish the race.

Blake Bell and Noah Gray are the other tight ends on the Chiefs’ active roster. Last season, Gray grabbed 28 receptions for a touchdown. Bell has 60 receptions with one touchdown in eight NFL seasons with five teams, missing the most of the year with a hip flexor injury.

Bell praised Kelce as one of the hardest players and said, “We can’t wait for him to get back out there.” The other people in the room will be prepared to leave if we just keep doing what we’re doing.

Chiefs’ practice

Two tight ends are also on the Chiefs’ practice squad, one of them, Matt Bushman, was a member of the team throughout training camp. After Travis Kelce’s injury, according to Bushman, he got a few snaps with the starting lineup, which usually wouldn’t happen if he wasn’t going to play in the next game.

Defensive tackle Chris Jones, who is on strike and looking for a new deal, was also told by Reid on Tuesday that there has been “no progress” in negotiations.

I’m concentrating on the players who are present as we prepare to play the Lions. The rule of this game is that if you’re not there, you’re not there, according to Reid.

Since his rookie season in 2013, when he underwent a microfracture treatment on his knee, Kelce, who has over 1,000 receiving yards in seven straight seasons, has not missed a game due to injury. Since 2014, the 33-year-old has only missed three games: a Week 16 contest in 2021 due to COVID-19, and twice in the last week of the season, in 2017 and 2020, when he rested.

Following the breaking news of Kelce’s injury, Caesars Sportsbook altered Kansas City’s point spread from -6.5 to -5 for the game on Thursday night.

A prolonged absence from Kelce, who hasn’t missed a game due to injury since 2013, would be extremely detrimental to the Super Bowl champions.

The Chiefs’ receiver situation was uncertain heading into the offseason, with young players like Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore anticipated to play larger roles. The supposition that Kelce would continue to serve as Mahomes’ safety net and go-to target for big plays provided a safety net for all the WR debate.

Two days out from the 2023 season opener, that presumption is being questioned.

On Thursday, K.C. may be without two of its top talents if the Chris Jones situation is still unresolved.

He has only had Kelce as a constant. Mahomes must make his greatest adjustment yet without him.

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