KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tight end has been a sore spot, literally, for the Kansas City Chiefs all season. Rookie Travis Kelce had arthroscopic surgery to repair a microfracture in his knee, putting his season at risk.
The Chiefs have not decided whether to put Kelce on the injured-reserve list.
“We’re going to give it a little time,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “We’ve done that to this point. There’s nothing lost there just to give it some time. I’m glad for the kid that he was able to get it fixed up. He’s going to have a nice long career.’’
The Chiefs planned to use Kelce, a third-round draft pick from Cincinnati, in a variety of ways. During off-season practice and training camp he lined up at many different places in a formation, including as a wide receiver and he showed the ability to beat coverage down the field and make catches.
But he came up with a sore knee during training camp. He has practice rarely during the regular season and hasn’t played a snap on offense.
Trainer Rick Burkholder said Kelce’s condition wouldn’t necessarily be career-threatening.
“Any time you have injuries you worry about that but I wouldn’t classify it as that,’’ Burkholder said. “This is an injury that people get better from. He’s a young guy. He’s got a good, healthy knee. We’ve protected him and he’s protected himself so he didn’t do any more damage to it. That gives him a good chance to come back and have a great career.’’
The Chiefs passing attack has sputtered at times this year, one possible reason being they’ve been shorthanded at tight end since the start of the season. The Chiefs lost Tony Moeaki with a season-ending shoulder injury during the preseason.
Kelce has been unable to contribute. The starting tight end, Anthony Fasano, has missed the last three games with injuries to his knee and ankle. He has just four receptions for 34 yards.
That left the Chiefs at tight end with Sean McGrath, who was pulled off waivers from the Seahawks at the start of the regular season, and a journeyman, Kevin Brock. McGrath is fourth on the Chiefs with 15 catches.