Kansas City Chiefs’ standout tight end, Travis Kelce, suffered a hyperextended knee during Tuesday’s practice, casting doubt on his participation in tomorrow night’s opening game.
According to the betting markets, which often provide reliable indicators, it appears unlikely that Kelce will be able to take the field against the Detroit Lions in the inaugural game of the 2023 NFL season.
The Chiefs, who were originally favored by 6.5 points, are now listed as 4.5-point favorites, as reported by Sports Illustrated’s Bill Enright.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, even if Kelce misses tomorrow’s game, it may not result in an extended absence. Initial examinations have indicated that the eight-time Pro Bowler’s ACL remains intact, though his knee is currently inflamed.
Kelce is expected to test his knee today, and further clarity on his availability is anticipated later in the day.
In the event that Kelce is unable to play, Noah Gray and Blake Bell are poised to shoulder increased workloads at the tight end position in the matchup against the Detroit Lions.
The kickoff for the Chiefs vs. Lions game is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET tomorrow night on NBC.