Chris Jones, Travis Kelce are questionable to play against Houston Texans
By Byron Smith
The Kansas City Chiefs are dealing with unexpected injuries suffered by Chris Jones and Travis Kelce as they prepare to host the Houston Texans.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been plagued with injuries all season long, losing key players left and right throughout the year for extended periods of time. Even in the postseason, the injury bug has continued to take its toll on the locker room at Arrowhead that was even recently deemed healthy.
On Wednesday, Chiefs Kingdom was surprised to hear that Travis Kelce had been limited in practice, dealing with what the injury report termed a knee injury. Being limited in a mid-week practice wasn’t great cause for alarm in the moment, but it was something to watch.
On Thursday, Kelce was designated once again as limited in practice as the team prepares to host the Houston Texans, but even worse, he was joined by star defensive tackle Chris Jones. Jones, who has already missed three games this season with a groin injury, was flagged with a calf injury, giving fans further reason to worry about this Sunday’s matchup.
On Friday it was clear that Jones didn’t even practice and both he and Kelce were given the label of “questionable” for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Texans. When asked about the injuries, Andy Reid did not offer helpful answers.
It is worth noting that while it may seem justified to panic, the goal in January is to win football games, not practice on a Friday. It is extremely likely that Jones is just being given extra precaution and care so that he can play as close to 100% as possible come Sunday. Actually, according to Sam Mellinger, that seems to be the case.
In the case of Travis Kelce, Aaron Borgmann, former sideline medical professional for the Kansas City Chiefs, remains extremely optimistic concerning the injury and his game status.
Still for a team that had zero injuries at the very beginning of the week, it’s a bit unnerving to have two of the team’s stars suddenly listed as injured with some shadow cast over their ability to play. Hopefully the next 24 to 48 hours bring the needed rest and healing to allow both players to play on Sunday.