After being limited in practice on Wednesday, Travis Kelce returned today to be a full participant in practice. Any concerns that may have been building about his status now diminish some and it gives an indication that his rib injury isn’t too serious.
There are already some concerns about Kelce’s health coming into this season. Kelce missed his entire rookie year due to microfracture surgery on his leg. This left some in an uneasy place that this was the beginning of another Tony Moeaki situation – a super talent player who could never stay on the field. So far Kelce has proven to be durable through seven games.
Eric Berry and Chris Owens were still limited in practice today, a good sign for Owens and a frustrating sign for Berry. Berry has been a participant in five-straight practices now but has yet to go through any of them as a full participant. Whether it is he is too out of shape or if his ankle cannot hold up through a full practice is unknown. But there was some hope that after a full week of practice last week and a return to practice this week that maybe he would be able to put in a full day by now.
Owens, who has missed two weeks due to a knee injury, is practicing in back-to-back days for the first time since his injury. I’d bank on him missing his third game on Sunday but he appears to be working his way back without any setbacks.
The lot of Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles, Sean Smith, Anthony Fasano, Junior Hemingway, Mike McGlynn, and Cyrus Gray were all full participants in practice. Alex Smith participating in full for both practices would seem to indicate his shoulder isn’t quite as seriously injured as the diagnosis makes it sound.
Josh Martin, Jamell Fliming, and Donnie Avery – who has already been ruled out for the Jets game – did not practice today. It is the second missed practice of the week for all three of them and I’d imagine none will be active on Sunday against the Jets.