Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) gets yards after the catch as Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) makes a tackle during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ankle) will play vs. Broncos

The Kansas City Chiefs expect tight end Travis Kelce to play Thursday night against the Denver Broncos, four days after sustaining a right ankle injury, according to multiple media reports.

Kelce officially is listed as questionable. He suffered the injury, reported to be a low ankle sprain, during the second quarter of Sunday’s 27-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Kelce missed a Chiefs touchdown drive to open the third quarter but returned for the next drive and caught five passes, including a touchdown reception. He finished the game with 10 receptions for 67 yards.

The Chiefs listed Kelce as a non-participant on Monday’s estimated practice report. He was limited in his return to practice Tuesday.

Kelce missed the season-opening loss to the Detroit Lions after hyperextending his knee in practice. The four-time first-team All-Pro has 27 catches for 222 yards and three touchdowns in four games this season.

Kansas City also must make decisions on defensive end George Karlaftis (hamstring) and punter Tommy Townsend (left knee), who were listed as questionable. Both teams will release their lists of inactives approximately 90 minutes before the game.

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Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) looks on before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce questionable vs. Broncos on Thursday

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, recovering from a right ankle injury, is officially questionable to play Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.

Both the host Chiefs (4-1) and Broncos (1-4) issued estimated practice reports on Wednesday as they did not practice.

Kelce was limited in his return to practice Tuesday with his right ankle heavily taped. He didn’t participate Monday on the team’s estimated practice report.

Kelce suffered what is reportedly a low ankle sprain during Sunday’s 27-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

After making a catch late in the second quarter, Kelce planted his right foot and slipped awkwardly on the turf and went down untouched. He jogged off the field under his own power and spoke with trainers on the sideline before walking to the locker room.

He missed an 11-play touchdown drive to open the third quarter but returned for the next drive and caught five passes, including a 4-yard touchdown reception with 2:45 left in the quarter. He finished with 10 receptions for 67 yards.

Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton, who hasn’t played since Game 2 against Jacksonville on Sept. 17 because of an ankle injury, was listed as a full participant Wednesday after limited participation on Monday and Tuesday. Defensive end George Karlaftis (hamstring) was limited all three days and is questionable, as is punter Tommy Townsend (left knee), who was added to the report on Wednesday.

Broncos tight end Greg Dulcich (hamstring) was listed as a full participant in the team walkthrough Wednesday and is questionable. Dulcich was injured in Week 1 and returned to practice Tuesday after the team began his 21-day window to be activated off injured reserve.

Defensive tackle D.J. Jones (knee) and outside linebackers Frank Clark (illness) and Baron Browning (knee) are listed as out for the game.

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Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) reacts to a first down as Minnesota Vikings safety Josh Metellus (44) looks on during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Kelce a DNP on Chiefs’ estimated injury report

The Kansas City Chiefs did not practice Monday ahead of a short week, but their league-mandated estimated injury report listed tight end Travis Kelce as “did not participate” with an ankle injury.

Kelce hurt the ankle Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings before returning to the game and making a touchdown grab in Kansas City’s 27-20 win. NFL Network reported after the game that he was diagnosed with a low ankle sprain.

The Chiefs (4-1) play Thursday against the visiting Denver Broncos (1-4), giving Kelce less time than usual to heal up. The Chiefs’ first true injury report will be out Tuesday.

After making a catch late in the second quarter, Kelce planted his right foot and slipped awkwardly on the turf and went down untouched. He jogged off the field under his own power and spoke with trainers on the sideline before walking to the locker room.

He missed an 11-play touchdown drive to open the third quarter, but returned for the next drive and caught five passes, including a 4-yard touchdown reception with 2:45 left in the quarter. He finished with 10 receptions for 67 yards.

Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton (ankle), defensive end George Karlaftis (hamstring) and defensive tackle Matt Dickerson (knee) were listed as limited participants on the estimated injury report.

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Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) looks on before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce suffers apparent right foot injury

Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce exited Sunday’s game in the second quarter against the host Minnesota Vikings with an apparent right foot injury.

The CBS broadcast confirmed Kelce was getting X-rays on his right foot in the locker room.

Kansas City said Kelce was questionable to return for the second half. However, he didn’t play a single snap on an 11-play touchdown drive to open the third quarter in which the Chiefs took a 20-13 lead.

After making a catch late in the second quarter, Kelce planted his right foot and slipped awkwardly on the turf and went down untouched. He jogged off the field under his own power and spoke with trainers on the sideline before walking to the locker room.

Before leaving the game, Kelce had five catches for 22 yards.

Kelce, who turned 34 on Thursday, is an eight-time Pro Bowler.

Taylor Swift, whose relationship with Kelce has drawn international headlines, reportedly was not in attendance at Minneapolis for Sunday’s game.

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Sep 24, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) takes the field prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Kelce: Taylor Swift relationship won’t take focus off football

Despite the increased paparazzi and exploding social media followership, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said he is not letting his connection with Taylor Swift distract himself from football.

Kelce’s budding relationship with the pop star has been one of the dominant storylines of the NFL season thus far.

“I’ve always been pretty good about compartmentalizing and being able to stay focused in this building,” Kelce said after Friday’s practice. “I think it’s always been that for me. No matter what’s going on in my life, good or bad, I think this is one place I can get away and just being locked in and focused and always check myself and my ego at the door and make sure that I come in with a clear mind.”

Kelce did say earlier this week that he believes the league is “overdoing it” with the amount of times Swift was shown on TV broadcasts when she attended the Chiefs’ last two games against the Chicago Bears and New York Jets.

“As all the attention comes, it feels like, you know, I was on top of the world after the Super Bowl and right now even more on top of the world, so it’s fun,” Kelce said Friday. “Everybody is having fun with it, you know, whether I think they’re overdoing it or not, you know, I’d know I brought this to myself or I’ve been fortunate enough to have fun with it, you know, and that’s where all that really matters is that it’s not pissing anybody off (in the Chiefs’ facility) at least.”

It was unclear whether Swift would attend the Chiefs’ game this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. Her next scheduled tour dates are Oct. 18-20 in Miami Gardens, Fla.

“We’re learning with the paparazzi, just taking photos from all over the place,” he said. “But at the same time what comes with it, it comes with it. You’ve got a lot of people that care about Taylor and for good reason, so I’ve just got to keep living and learning and enjoying the moments.

“It’s worldwide, man. Everybody’s having fun with it.”

After missing the season opener due to a hyperextended knee, Kelce has played in the past three games — all Kansas City wins — and has caught 17 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

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Sep 17, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) warms up before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Kelce says he invited Taylor Swift to a Chiefs game

Try as he might, Travis Kelce has been unable to deflect conversation surrounding a rumored relationship with pop star Taylor Swift.

Some might say Kelce has been unable to “shake it off.”

The Kansas City Chiefs tight end decided to speak on the topic during his appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Thursday on ESPN.

“I told her that I’ve seen you rock a stage in Arrowhead, so you might have to come see me rock the stage in Arrowhead. And see which one is a little more lit,” Kelce said with a smile. “We’ll see what happens in the near future.”

The (rumored) “Love Story” began in July when Kelce shared that he was upset that his opportunity to present Swift with a friendship bracelet — along with his phone number — went by the boards during her Kansas City stop of the “Eras Tour.”

The rumor mill began picking up steam throughout the summer about the potential power couple, albeit with unconfirmed reports.

Eagles center Jason Kelce was asked about his brother’s relationship situation Wednesday on 94.1 WIP in Philadelphia.

“I don’t really know what’s happening in Travis’ love life. I try to keep his business kind of his business and stay out of that world,” Jason Kelce said. “But having said that, I think he’s doing great and I think that it’s all 100 percent true.”

Jason Kelce was quick to note that he was joking.

Let’s hope all goes well for Travis Kelce, considering Swift is known for her breakup songs.

After all, it would be a shame if they “are never ever getting back together” — if they ever are together in the first place.

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Sep 7, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) on field against the Detroit Lions after the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Travis Kelce (knee), Chris Jones return to practice

Travis Kelce (knee) will return to practice Wednesday in a limited capacity and onetime holdout Chris Jones will also practice and play for Kansas City in Week 2.

Those were the updates ib Wednesday from Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who added that only running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) will miss the week’s first official practice.

The Chiefs (0-1) play at Jacksonville (1-0) on Sunday.

Kelce, 33, injured his knee at practice on Sept. 5 and was diagnosed with a bone bruise, ultimately missing the season opener, a stunning 21-20 home loss to the Detroit Lions.

An eight-time Pro Bowl tight end, Kelce has totaled 814 catches for 10,344 yards and 69 touchdowns in 144 career games (137 starts) with the Chiefs.

Kelce had previously missed only three games since 2014. He sat out two games when the Chiefs rested many of their starters and missed one game when he had COVID-19 in 2021.

Jones, 29, ended his holdout Monday after agreeing to a new one-year deal. The team didn’t announce financial details with the defensive tackle.

Jones was previously scheduled to make a base salary of $19.5 million this season, the finale of his four-year, $80 million contract signed in 2020.

Jones racked up 15.5 sacks in 17 games last season and earned his fourth Pro Bowl nod, along with his first time as a first-team All-Pro selection. In 107 games (86 starts) for the Chiefs since being drafted in the second round in 2016, Jones has 65 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and 243 total tackles.

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Jul 28, 2023; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) greets fans as he arrives prior to training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) ruled out for season opener

Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce (knee) was ruled out for Thursday night’s NFL season opener against the visiting Detroit Lions.

Kelce, 33, who injured his knee at practice Tuesday and was diagnosed with a bone bruise, was listed as questionable to play on the Chiefs’ final injury report. He was scheduled to test his knee before the game.

Kelce recorded career-best totals in catches (110) and touchdowns (12) to go along with a team-leading 1,338 receiving yards in 17 games last season.

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Kelce has totaled 814 catches for 10,344 yards and 69 touchdowns in 144 career games (137 starts) with the Chiefs.

Kelce had previously missed only three games since 2014. He sat out two games when the Chiefs rested many of their starters and missed one game when he had COVID-19 in 2021.

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Jul 24, 2023; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) answers questions from reporters during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce hyperextends knee in practice

Travis Kelce hyperextended his knee during Tuesday’s practice, leaving coach Andy Reid to label the star tight end’s availability as uncertain for the Kansas City Chiefs’ season opener in two days.

“They’re looking at it now,” Reid said. “We’ll just see how it goes.”

Noah Gray likely would get the nod at tight end if Kelce is unable to play against the visiting Detroit Lions on Thursday. Gray, 24, had 28 catches for 299 yards and one touchdown in 17 games (eight starts) last season.

Kelce, 33, recorded career-best totals in catches (110) and touchdowns (12) to go along with a team-leading 1,338 receiving yards in 17 games last season.

A four-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Kelce has totaled 814 catches for 10,344 yards and 69 touchdowns in 144 career games (137 starts) with the Chiefs.

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Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) celebrates after winning Super Bowl LVII against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Travis Kelce pleads with Chris Jones to end holdout

Travis Kelce admits he doesn’t fully understand defensive tackle Chris Jones’ decision to engage in a holdout. Kelce just wants his teammate back with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

“Chris, can you please come back?” the star tight end said on his New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce podcast. “You’re really scaring me, man. I don’t get it. You must know something that I don’t know because I just don’t get it. I really want to get another Super Bowl ring with you, brother. This is me bargaining you to just come back and play football for the Chiefs. Please, we need you. We need you bad, and I don’t know what the situation is.

“He’s just the best defensive player in the league right now. He’s deserving of all the money in the world. Chris, I love you. Please come back now.”

A four-time Pro Bowl selection and a 2022 first-team All-Pro, Jones has one season remaining on the four-year, $80 million contract he signed with the Chiefs in 2020. He’s scheduled to make a base salary of $19.5 million this season.

Jones, 29, recently threatened over social media to extend his holdout to as far as Week 8 if negotiations don’t improve. He currently is on the reserve/did not report list.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday he doesn’t take issue with Jones’ decision to stay away from the team.

“Chris has chosen to go this route,” Reid said. “Some other guys have chosen to get their deals done and come in and play. I’m not here to criticize one way or the other. We’ve had a lot of success with the guys that we have and we go with it.

“Other than that, I take the distractions and throw them out the door and let’s get on with what’s real.”

What’s real is the Chiefs open the season against the visiting Detroit Lions on Thursday.

Jones finished third in Defensive Player of the Year balloting last season after matching his career best of 15.5 sacks. The two-time Super Bowl champion has 65 sacks in 107 games (86 starts) over seven NFL seasons with the Chiefs.

–Field Level Media