The Kansas City Chiefs have given the Kingdom great news on Tuesday, announcing that star tight end Travis Kelce only has a slightly sprained ankle. Head coach Andy Reid actually said that if Thursday were a regular season game, Kelce would be playing. This is huge news for the Chiefs, who need Kelce to be a star along with Jamaal Charles and Jeremy Maclin.
Without Kelce for any length of time, the Chiefs would have been in major trouble. The offense is built around Kelce, Maclin and Charles, with small doses of Albert Wilson, De’Anthony Thomas and Anthony Sherman. Kansas City appears primed to fight for the AFC West with the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, so keeping everyone healthy has been a huge plus throughout the preseason.
At this point, Kelce will sit out Tuesday’s practice and won’t play on Thursday night. It seems like Kelce will be able to practice next week leading up to the regular-season opener against the Houston Texans on Sept. 13. All in all, Chiefs fans can exhale.
Had Kelce been seriously injured, Kansas City would have been looking at Demetrius Harris, Ryan Taylor and James O’Shaughnessy. While all have some potential, nobody wants to see any of those guys in a starting role, especially in an offense that demands so much out of two and three-tight end sets.