KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs drafted tight end Travis Kelce in the third round this year in large part because of his ability to line up in a variety of positions, get down the field to catch passes and create matchup problems.
They won't get any of that this season from Kelce. He had surgery to repair a microfracture in his knee this week and on Saturday was placed on the injured-reserve list, ending his season.
The Chiefs promoted an undrafted rookie safety, Bradley McDougald, from their practice squad to take his place.
The loss of Kelce means two of the top three Chiefs tight ends heading into training camp are done for the season. The Chiefs lost Tony Moeaki during the preseason with a shoulder injury.
The Chiefs are left with Sean McGrath and Kevin Brock at tight end. McGrath was pulled off waivers from Seattle at the start of the season but has 15 catches and a touchdown. Brock is a journeyman who has two receptions.