Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce appears to have avoided structural damage in his knee, instead suffering a bone bruise, amid reports that he could possibly miss the NFL Kickoff Game, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
“Source says that there is no structural damage here and this is not expected to be a long-term injury,” Rapoport said on Wednesday (September 6). “That said there was some swelling, I would say some real significant swelling that needs to go down in order for him to get back on the field.”
On Tuesday (September 5), Rapoport reported that Kelce was doubtful for Thursday's game due to a knee injury, but specified that it wasn't believed to be a long-term issue.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters that Kelce hyperextended his knee during practice and the tight end was listed as a limited participant on Tuesday.
Kelce hasn't missed a game since his rookie season in 2013 and would be a massive loss for the defending Super Bowl champions. The 33-year-old was selected as a first-team all Pro for the fourth time and a Pro Bowler for the eighth time in his career in 2022, recording more than 1,000 yards for the seventh consecutive season, a record for the tight end position, while also leading all tight ends in receptions (110) and receiving touchdown (12).
The Chiefs will host the Detroit Lions in the NFL Kickoff Game at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday (September 7) night.