Joe Fortson

Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #3
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #3

Joe Fortson News

Placed on injured reserve

The Chiefs placed Fortson (elbow) on injured reserve Friday.

Analysis: Fortson was already ruled out for Saturday's matchup against the Seahawks, but the backup tight end will now miss at least four games, including the final three regular-season contests, due to a subluxed elbow. Blake Bell, who was activated off injured reserve Friday, figures to take over as the No. 3 tight end behind Travis Kelce and Noah Gray.

Dec 23, 2022 11:39 AM EST

Deemed out Week 16

Fortson (elbow) will not play in Saturday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Fortson did not participate during Week 16 prep while dealing with a subluxed elbow, which could keep him sidelined for multiple games. While there's still no timeline for the 27-year-old's return, his next opportunity to play will come versus Denver on Sunday, Jan. 1. With Fortson sidelined, Kansas City could be left short handed behind Travis Kelce and Noah Gray if veteran tight end Blake Bell (hip) is not activated from IR before Saturday.

Dec 22, 2022 2:39 PM EST

Unlikely to play Saturday

Fortson is unlikely to play Saturday against the Seahawks due to an elbow injury and could be sidelined for multiple weeks, Pete Sweeney of Arrowhead Pride reports.

Analysis: Head coach Andy Reid said Tuesday that Fortson didn't practice Tuesday because his elbow subluxated. The extent of the injury remains unclear, but it sounds likely Fortson could miss at least one game. However, on a positive note, the Chiefs designated Blake Bell (hip) to return from IR Tuesday, so he could help fill some of the backup tight end duties if Fortson is out for an extended period.

Dec 20, 2022 2:27 PM EST

Just 10 snaps in Week 14

Fortson went without a target while playing 10 snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-28 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: After drawing a season-high three targets in the Chiefs' Week 12 win over the Rams, Fortson has largely fallen out of the game plan over the subsequent two weeks. He's been targeted just once while playing 20 snaps on offense the past two games, with Fortson picking up more reps on special teams during that stretch. Fortson looks to be the clear No. 3 option at tight end behind Travis Kelce and Noah Gray.

Dec 14, 2022 10:38 AM EST

Draws season-high three targets

Fortson was on the field for 17 of the Chiefs' 76 snaps on offense and recorded two receptions for 26 yards on three targets in Sunday's 26-10 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Seven-time Pro Bowler Travis Kelce remains the Chiefs' top tight end and the top fantasy producer at the position in the NFL, but backups Noah Gray and Fortson haven't been complete non-entities in the passing game. Even though Gray and Fortson are utilized mostly as blockers when on the field, they've combined to produce 26 receptions, 277 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns through Kansas City's first 11 games. Neither Gray nor Fortson is likely to see his role expand much from its current level, however, so long as Kelce remains available.

Nov 30, 2022 9:54 AM EST

Gets in full practice

Fortson (quadriceps) participated fully at practice Wednesday ahead of Sunday's game versus Jacksonville.

Analysis: Fortson was forced to miss Monday night's win versus Tennessee with a quad injury, but it appears he should be ready to roll again for Week 10. As long as Travis Kelce is also healthy though, Fortson probably won't see enough work to be a viable fantasy option in most formats.

Nov 9, 2022 2:35 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 9

Fortson (quadriceps/illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Titans, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Fortson landed on the injury report Wednesday as a non-participant due to a quadriceps injury, but he's now being listed with an illness as well. The severity of the issues remain unclear, but the reserve tight end will miss at least one game. If Kansas City doesn't elevate a tight end for Week 9, Noah Gray will be the only backup available behind Travis Kelce.

Nov 4, 2022 11:34 AM EST

Won't practice Wednesday

Fortson won't practice Wednesday due to a quadricep contusion, Pete Sweeney of reports.

Analysis: The Chiefs are coming off a bye, so it's a little concerning to see Fortson appear on the injury report Wednesday. The severity of the quadricep contusion remains unclear, but he'll have two more opportunities to practice before the team needs to make a decision on his availability for Sunday's matchup against Tennessee.

Nov 2, 2022 10:01 AM EST

Records second touchdown

Fortson turned his lone target into a 10-yard touchdown reception in Sunday's 41-31 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: All three of Kansas City's tight ends finished with touchdowns on the night, as top option Travis Kelce scored on a 16-yard connection with Patrick Mahomes in the first quarter, while Noah Gray took a direct snap for a one-yard score in the second quarter. Fortson then provided the Chiefs' final touchdown of the night in the third quarter, marking the second time he's found the end zone this season. He's now scored on both of his receptions this season, but he's drawn just three targets in total through four games.

Oct 5, 2022 6:35 AM EST

Finds paydirt in Week 1

Fortson hauled in his lone target for a one-yard touchdown reception in the Chiefs' 44-21 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Analysis: Starting tight end Travis Kelce had a huge outing in Week 1 (eight receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown on nine targets), but the Chiefs were still able to find playing time for depth options in Noah Gray (36 snaps, one catch for 10 yards on two targets) and Fortson (22 snaps). Gray and Fortson are still likely to operate mostly as blockers when they're on the field, but quarterback Patrick Mahomes won't hesitate to occasionally look for the big-bodied Fortson (6-foot-4, 226 pounds) near the goal line. Fortson has only six career receptions to his name, but he's scored three touchdowns.

Sep 14, 2022 8:14 AM EST

Returns to practice

Fortson (quadriceps) is practicing with the team Thursday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Fortson suffered the injury July 30, and has not practiced with the team since. The 26-year-old was impressing early in camp, showing the potential to earn the No. 2 spot on the positional depth chart behind Travis Kelce. Now healthy, Fortson will work to gain back that momentum.

Aug 11, 2022 8:17 AM EST

Injury not viewed as serious

Fortson (quadriceps) didn't practice Monday, but coach Andy Reid believes the tight end will be available to practice within the next few days, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Once healthy, Fortson will compete for a depth role at tight end behind Travis Kelce. Per Reid, Fortson's injury "isn't too bad."

Aug 1, 2022 11:31 AM EST

Picks up quad injury

Fortson left Saturday's training camp practice early due to a quadriceps injury, Pete Sweeney of reports.

Analysis: More details about Fortson's injury will reportedly be made available Monday. The 26-year-old was reportedly making plays early on in camp and inching towards securing the No. 2 tight end gig behind Travis Kelce, but it now remains to be seen if he'll have to miss significant time. Fortson tore his Achilles last October, but has since gained clearance to participate in on-field activities.

Jul 30, 2022 9:25 AM EST

Making plays in camp

Forston reeled in six of his seven targets during training camp Friday, including an impressive catch against cornerback L'Jarius Sneed, Pete Sweeney of reports.

Analysis: Per Sweeney, Fortson is seemingly making the strongest case to be the team's No. 2 tight end early in camp. The Chiefs also have Blake Bell and spent a fifth-round pick on Noah Gray last season with the hope Gray could develop into the future of the position, but neither should be considered a lock for the spot. Regardless of Forston's standing on the depth chart as the preseason wears on, the obvious hurdle to fantasy value is Travis Kelce ranking above him, in addition to the team's new weapons out wide and in the backfield. However, Fortson could position himself to take over as the primary tight end in the event Kelce misses time.

Jul 29, 2022 3:37 PM EST

Playing 7-on-7 at minicamp

Fortson (Achilles) participated in 7-on-7 drills during the Chiefs' minicamp, Nate Taylor of the Athletic reports.

Analysis: Fortson tore his Achilles in October last year and was sidelined for the remainder of the 2021 season. He's been limited throughout OTAs, but his participation in minicamp team drills is an extremely encouraging sign for his availability heading into the 2022 campaign. The undrafted tight end out of Valdosta State caught five passes for 47 yards and two scores across six games during his rookie season, and if available to start the season, he'll compete with Noah Gray and Blake Bell for snaps behind Travis Kelce.

Jun 20, 2022 1:21 PM EST

Seen working in OTAs

Fortson (Achilles) was working in a limited fashion during Thursday's OTA sessions, Pete Sweeney of reports.

Analysis: Fortson's participation in the Chiefs' OTAs is particularly encouraging after he was already seen doing individual drills with his personal trainer Wednesday. The second-year tight end is returning from a season-ending injury torn Achilles in October of 2021 and was also seen wearing a full-length compression sleeve Thursday. There was no guarantee that Fortson will be a participant in Phase 3 of Kansas City's upcoming voluntary workouts according to Charles Goldman of USA Today, but his continued to recovery is an encouraging sign for his availability for the start of the regular season.

May 26, 2022 5:47 PM EST

Rehab going well

Fortson (Achilles) shared images Thursday of him doing individual football drills with personal trainer Bobby Stroupe in Texas, Juan Cisneros of FOX 4 Kansas City reports.

Analysis: Fortson caught five passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns across six games during the 2021 campaign before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury during the Chiefs' Week 6 win over Washington. The 26-year-old, who's an exclusive right free agent, was tendered by Kansas City in mid-March and, barring his health, could have a larger role in 2022 after the departure of Tyreek Hill. It's an encouraging sign to see the second-year tight end training with Stroupe, who's also Patrick Mahomes' trainer, but it remains unclear if he'll be 100 percent by the start of training camp.

Apr 25, 2022 10:22 AM EST

Tendered by Kansas City

Kansas City tendered Fortson (Achilles) on Friday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Fortson caught five passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns across six games during the 2021 campaign before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury during the Chiefs' Week 6 win over Washington. He's expected to be ready by the start of the 2022 season, so he'll have a chance to build off his solid start in 2021.

Mar 18, 2022 11:51 AM EST

Activated off COVID-19 list

Fortson (Achilles) was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Matt Derrick of reports.

Analysis: Forston has cleared protocols and can return to the team facility. However, the 26-year-old is still expected to miss the rest of the season due to a torn Achilles, so this move was simply procedural.

Dec 20, 2021 3:39 PM EST

Lands on COVID list

Fortson (Achilles) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Charles Goldman of The Chiefs Wire reports.

Analysis: Fortson was already on injured reserve due to a torn Achilles. He's been ruled out for the season, so this move was simply procedural.

Dec 10, 2021 7:59 PM EST

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