Despite practicing at full strength all week, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was a surprise list in Kansas City’s injury report this Friday.
According to CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz, Kelce reportedly had his back done in the final moments of training yesterday. The new ailment left him questionable for Sunday’s monumental AFC title game rematch with Cincinnati.
Now, just one day before conference championship Sunday, the Chiefs have announced a series of roster updates. One specific move, however, is causing fans to wonder about Kelce’s availability tomorrow.
According to NFL reporter Dov Kleiman, Kansas City has elevated tight end Jody Fortson from injured reserve. The team also signed La’Mical Perine to their practice squad.
Fortson, 27, made little contribution to the Chiefs offense this season before going on injured reserve on Dec. 23.
Falling behind Kelce and second-year tight end Noah Gray, Fortson caught just 9 passes in 2022 for 108 yards. However, he found the end zone twice.
Should Kelce’s injury keep him out of tomorrow’s game or limit his workload against Cincinnati, expect Gray, Fortson and Blake Bell to see some additional goals.
Here’s what some fans are saying about Kansas City’s roster moves on Saturday.
“They’re throwing the ‘hey Bengals, maybe Kelce won’t play tomorrow’ schtick hard this week haha,” Joe said.
“Kelce not playing?” wrote another Twitter user.
Expect more clarity on Kelce’s status as game time approaches. Chiefs-Bengals kicks off tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS.