Kelce is scheduled to play the entire first half of Friday's preseason contest against the Falcons.
The contest marks Kelce's first extended run working with Mahomes in a live game setting since he took over the starting job this offseason, so it will be a good test of their rapport. Coming off consecutive 80-catch and 1,000-yard campaigns, he's set to retain his role atop the depth chart and should be a big target for Mahomes in his first full season under center.
Kelce approaches the team's OTAs healthy now that he's well past the concussion he suffered back in January during the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. Perhaps a more notable topic is that the Chiefs' 2017 reception leader (83 on 123 targets) will now be working with second-year QB Patrick Mahomes, now that Alex Smith has relocated to Washington. Mahomes' arm strength should allow for more downfield shots in the Kansas City passing game, with the team's wideout corps now headed by returnee Tyreek Hill and newcomer Sammy Watkins. The arrival of Watkins should draw some defensive attention away from both Hill and Kelce, which could perhaps make up for some of the target volume he's liable to soak up.
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.
|P3||8/25/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/18||@ DEN||8:15 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|11||11/19/18||@ LAR||8:15 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
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|16||12/23/18||@ SEA||8:20 pm|
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|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||16||11||67||862||12.9||34||5||15||0||45|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||16||72||875||12.2||42||5||10||1||40|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||15||85||1125||13.2||80||4||14||3||55|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||15||15||83||1038||12.5||44||8||19||1||55|
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|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||15||1||-5||-5.0||-5||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||15||15||2||7||3.5||4||0||0||2|
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|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||15||15||1||0||0.0||0||0.00||0||0||1||0/0||0||0||0.0|
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|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|