Head coach Andy Reid said Kelce (concussion) "probably would have been alright for the upcoming week" had the Chiefs advanced past the wild-card round of the playoffs. Kelce was noticeably wobbly after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit during Saturday's loss to the Titans. Reids' comments suggest the tight end isn't experiencing any significant side effects in the aftermath of the injury. Under contract with the Chiefs through 2021, Kelce should be operating at full speed when OTAs commence in late April.
Kelce (concussion) was ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's wild-card game against the Titans, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Kelce was taken straight to the locker room following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Titans safety Jonathan Cyprien at the end of the first half and has now entered the concussion protocol. The star tight end didn't seem likely to return after being clearly wobbly on the field, and his status for next weekend's potential divisional-round matchup is now in question.
Kelce (head) left Saturday's wild-card game against the Titans, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports. With less than two minutes remaining before halftime, Kelce took a helmet to the head from Titans safety Jonathan Cyprien at the end of his fourth catch of the afternoon. As Kelce got to his feet, he was clearly wobbly but was able to run the last 15-20 yards to the sideline before going to the locker room. It'd be a surprise if he doesn't land in the concussion protocol, but upcoming examinations will determine whether a return is possible.
Kelce caught four passes on eight targets for 47 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Dolphins. Kelce hasn't gone over 50 receiving yards in either of the last two weeks, but he did reach the end zone for the first time since Week 13 with a nice snag on a high pass from quarterback Alex Smith. The 28-year-old tight end leads his position group with 83 receptions and sits only behind Rob Gronkowski (1,084) with 1,038 receiving yards entering a Week 17 matchup with the Broncos.
Kelce (illness) is slated to miss practice again Thursday, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports. While back-to-back missed practices aren't optimal for the tight end's Week 16 preparations, it's expected Kelce will rally in time to play Sunday against the Dolphins. The Chiefs can clinch the AFC West with a win this weekend.
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