The Kansas City Chiefs open the 2023 NFL Season Thursday night against the Detroit Lions as they begin their title defense.
They may be doing it without their All-Pro quadruple tight end Travis Kelce after undergoing a knee hyperextension in training on Tuesday.
Kansas City rated Kelce questionable on Wednesday, while Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark said it would be a game-time decision.
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“I’ve never seen Travis as energetic as this offseason. He’s really tuned in. He’s been very busy off the pitch. There’s been a lot going on. But he’s also very focused on the football, very excited about the next season,” Hunt said Thursday on “Good Morning Football.”
“I know we had a little setback the other day with a minor knee injury. We hope he can go tonight. It will be a match-time decision. But he’s someone who loves to compete, so I wouldn’t bet against him being on the pitch tonight.”
Kelce’s brother, Jason Kelcesaid on Wednesday that Kelce was suffering from swelling in his knee.
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“I talked to him yesterday and did the same thing. You just plant, or you do something, and your knee hyperextends,” Jason Kelce said on the morning show WIP on Wednesday.
“I know he’s got some swelling, but it looks like as long as they can keep it down, he’ll have a chance to go away. The ligaments and everything are intact. Structurally, from what we currently know, his knee is So it’s really about getting that swelling down and seeing how badly that bone is bruised.
Kelce is coming off one of his best seasons as a professional, finishing the season with 110 receptions for 1,228 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Detroit enters the season with high expectations after going 9-8 in 2022 from a 1-6 start.
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“The last two years we haven’t started fast,” says quarterback Jared Goff said. “There’s a little awareness, I think, to make sure we don’t sink into a hole. But at the same time, we’re trying to win every game.”
Kansas City and Detroit will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET.