Kelce (ankle) no longer needs a walking boot and has resumed working out, but he isn't sure when he'll be ready for football activities, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Kelce had surgery to address a lingering ankle injury after the Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs. While the procedure reportedly wasn't too serious, the rehab process may keep him off the field through OTAs and June minicamp. There hasn't been any suggestion that the 29-year-old tight end is in danger of missing the start of training camp in late July.
Kelce recently underwent ankle surgery and is expected to miss the majority of the team's spring workouts, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. It's worth noting that Kelce is expected to be back in time for training camp after undergoing surgery to "clean up" a preexisting injury. While the procedure doesn't sound serious, it's something worth monitoring throughout the course of the offseason given Kelce's sheer dominance the past three seasons, as he's recorded 3,499 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns over that stretch.
Kelce caught three of five targets for 23 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 37-31 AFC Championship Game overtime loss to the Patriots. Kelce was given extra attention by the Patriots defense, which held him to just a fraction of his production from last week's matchup against the Colts. He salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a one-yard touchdown reception on the first drive of the third quarter, but he contributed little else. Kelce compiled a line of 103 catches for 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns during the regular season, positioning himself as one of the few elite fantasy tight ends. He'll enter 2019 as such and will look to deliver as one of Patrick Mahomes' top targets.
Kelce caught seven of 10 passes for 108 yards during Saturday's 31-13 win over the Colts. Like he has all season, Kelce was there to deliver crucial blows against the Chiefs' opponent Saturday. Perhaps none of Kelce's catches hurt more than his 30-yard catch-and-run up the seam late in the second quarter. After dominating throughout the first half, the Colts had swung the momentum with a blocked punt for a touchdown before Kelce cut up their defense on the very next offensive play to help lead to a Chiefs touchdown that placed them up by three scores before halftime. He'll have a tough matchup no matter whether the Chiefs take on the Chargers or Patriots in the AFC championship game. Kelce combined for 13 catches for 128 yards on 24 targets in three games against those squads this season
Kelce caught five passes (nine targets) for 62 yards in Sunday's 35-3 win over the Raiders. It wasn't a huge fantasy performance by any means, but Kelce was able to set an NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end in a single season with 1,336. That record lasted for less than an hour, however, as 49ers tight end George Kittle had a monster second half and also took down Rob Gronkowski's record shortly after Kelce had. Even though he currently sits second on the all-time list, it's hard to find holes in the star tight end's 2018 regular season. Expect Kelce to be heavily involved in the gameplan regardless of opponent in the divisional round of the playoffs.
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|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||8||5.50|
|11||11/19||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|14||12/08||@New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|17||12/29||Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
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