Kelce underwent offseason shoulder surgery, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. "He'll probably miss some time throughout the offseason, but he'll be ready, I believe, for camp," head coach Andy Reid said of the tight end Wednesday.
Calling the procedure a clean-up, Reid replied, "I don't think so," as it pertains to a significant injury. As for the timetable mentioned, it's unclear if Kelce will be healthy in time for minicamp or training camp, which are separated by approximately six weeks on the NFL calendar. No matter the precise date that he's cleared for all activity, he appears as if he'll enter the 2017 season intact. If so, Kelce will be aiming to improve his number of catches, target count, and receiving yardage for the fourth straight campaign.
As has been the case most of the season, Kelce was the Chiefs' most dangerous weapon in the passing game and paced the team in nearly every statistical receiving category. However, a pair of second half mistakes cost him -- and his team. Late in the third quarter, Kelce dropped a deep bomb in Steelers territory and then let his temper flare on the play after, ultimately drawing a 15-yard personal foul for roughing up a Steelers cornerback. Sunday's playoff loss aside, Kelce will finish the 2016 campaign as one of the best fantasy options at tight end and made a great case to be one of the first at his position to be selected in 2017 drafts.
Kelce had just one catch on two targets for eight yards in Sunday's 37-27 win at San Diego.
Kelce had been on a tear, with 100 yards or more in five of the previous six games. The Chargers presumably paid more attention to Kelce on Sunday though, as Alex Smith spread the ball around more to the likes of Jeremy Maclin and Chris Conley, who combined to catch eight passes for 108 yards. The athletic TE easily led all players at his position in yardage this season at 1,125 yards and finished second to Dennis Pitta with 85 receptions. Kelce will look to get back on track in two weeks, as the Chiefs will have a bye in the first round of the postseason.
Kelce hauled in 11 of his 12 targets for a career-high 160 yards and a TD in Sunday's 33-10 win over the Broncos.
The surging tight end, who saw action on 70 of 76 snaps on offense in the game, has now topped 100 yards in five of his last six outings and heads into Week 17's game against the Chargers with something to play for, with the Chiefs still jostling for playoff seeding.
Kelce's streak of four straight 100-yard efforts officially came to an end Sunday, as the emerging tight end was targeted just five times total. It may be difficult to start a new streak next week against a stingy Denver defense, but Kelce remains one of Alex Smith's top targets. While he's scored just three times this season, the pass-catching tight end should easily top 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career.
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