|ADP:||Round: 2, Pick: 7|
|Team:||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 255 lb.|
|Born:||October 5, 1989|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 3 (63)|
Kelce brought in all six of his targets for 43 yards and a touchdown during the Chiefs' 31-20 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday.
Analysis: Kelce's reception tally was second only to Tyreek Hill on the night, and his one-yard touchdown grab with 6:13 remaining officially began the Chiefs' comeback from a 20-10 deficit. Kelce earned ever reception he secured against the 49ers' stingy defense, and even though he was largely held in check over the final two postseason wins, the multi-time Pro Bowler was spectacular during the regular season with a 97-1,229-5 line across 16 games. Signed through the 2021 campaign, Kelce will look to help Kansas City defend its title next season.
Kelce (knee) doesn't have a designation for the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 against the 49ers.
Analysis: During the first week of prep for the big game, the Chiefs continued to cap Kelce's reps, holding him to an LP/DNP/LP practice regimen. Still, his lack of designation Friday indicates the team isn't worried about his availability. While San Francisco's defense has held tight ends to an NFL-best 5.9 yards per target this season (including playoffs), the unit has allowed the 14th-most receptions (80) and ninth-most TDs (nine) to the position. Considering Kelce's stature, he seems like a good bet to prosper in the Super Bowl.
Kelce (knee) is participating in Friday's practice session, Jeff Darlington of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Kelce was held out of Thursday's session while battling the flu bug that's gone around Kansas City's roster since mid-January. The star tight end was listed as limited Wednesday due to a knee issue, so it remains to be seen whether he still has a cap on his reps. In any case, he'll have another full week of practice to get healthy in time the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.
Kelce (knee) will be held out of practice Thursday due to an illness, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Listed as limited Wednesday due to a lingering knee injury, Kelce now may be laid for for a handful of days as he's caught the flu bug that has hit other Chiefs over the last week-plus. Fortunately, he has a week and a half to return to full health for the Super Bowl, when he'll be facing a 49ers defense that gave up an NFL-low 5.9 yards per target to tight ends this season (including playoffs).
Kelce (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.
Analysis: Kelce experienced a cap on his practice reps in advance of the Chiefs' first two postseason contests, only to suit up on game day. With two weeks to prepare for the Super Bowl, he'll have plenty of time to get as close to 100 percent as possible. In the aforementioned matchups, he totaled 13 receptions (on 16 targets) for 164 yards and three touchdowns.
Kelce caught three of four targets for 30 yards during Sunday's 35-24 win over the Titans.
Analysis: Kelce's monstrous performance last week clearly caught the attention of the Titans defense, who placed him in coverage early and often. He grabbed all but one of the looks thrown his way but did little of note outside his long gain of 18 yards. Despite this underwhelming effort, Kelce should be a focal point of the offense in the Super Bowl against either the 49ers or the Packers.
Kelce (knee) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sundays' AFC Championship Game against the Titans.
Analysis: Kelce's practice reps this week were limited as he managed a knee issue, but per Adam Teicher of ESPN.com the tight end declared himself "ready to roll" Friday. With that, Kelce is in line to remain a key target for QB Patrick Mahomes after going off in last weekend's 51-31 win over the Texans, hauling in 10 of his 12 targets for 134 yards and three TDs.
Coach Andy Reid expects Kelce (knee) to suit up for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Titans, Adam Teicher of ESPN.comreports.
Analysis: Kelce has been limited in practice so far this week due to a bruised knee, but there never seemed to be any doubt about his odds to play this weekend. Friday's injury report ultimately can clear the way for the tight end to do so.
Kelce (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.
Analysis: We'll revisit the tight end's status Friday to see if he he's listed as questionable or minus an injury designation for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Titans. Either way, we expect Kelce (who caught 10 of 12 targets for 134 yards and three TDs in the Chiefs' divisional-round win over the Texans) to be available this weekend.
Kelce (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: James Palmer of NFL Network previously noted that Kelce was dealing with a hamstring issue, but the Chiefs only referenced the tight end's knee injury on Wednesday's practice report. In any case, we expect Kelce -- who logged an impressive 10/134/3 stat line in his team's divisional-round win over the Texans -- to be a go for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Titans, though it's possible he may be officially listed as questionable for the contest.
Kelce (hamstring/knee) is expected to practice Wednesday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Kelce continues to contend with a bruised knee, but a hamstring injury has been added to his list of health concerns, per Palmer. In any case, it's a good enough sign that Kelce is taking the practice field in his first chance to do so, with his activity level to be confirmed on Wednesday's injury report.
Kelce hauled in 10 of 12 targets for 134 receiving yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 51-31 AFC divisional round win against the Texans.
Analysis: Houston seemingly had no answers for the five-time Pro Bowl tight end, as Kelce had seven more receptions than any other Kansas City player Sunday while accounting for nearly 42 percent of his team's receiving yardage. He had a costly third-down drop on the Chiefs' opening drive of the afternoon, but responded by scoring TDs on three consecutive second-quarter drives -- hauling in short-range Patrick Mahomes passes that spanned five, five and six yards as KC accounted for 21 points over the final 8:05 of the first half. Kelce has touchdowns over two of his past three outings, heading into an AFC Championship Game matchup against a Tennessee defense that allowed the second-most tight end TDs in the NFL during the regular season.
Kelce (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's playoff game against the Texans, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Analysis: As expected, the star tight end will tough it out after being limited in practice this past week as he managed some knee pain, but as long as he avoids any in-game setbacks, Kelce should remain a key target for QB Patrick Mahomes.
Kelce (knee) is expected to play in Sunday's playoff game against the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Additionally, Rapoport indicates that the tight end is "dealing with IT (iliotibial) band tightness that's causing a small bit of pain" in his knee, "but he'll be OK." Official confirmation of Kelce's status will arrive upon the release of the Chiefs' inactives in advance of the team's 3:05 ET kickoff, but we expect him to suit up and see his share of snaps/targets Sunday, in the absence of any in-game setbacks.
Kelce (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Texans after practicing in a limited fashion this week.
Analysis: Per Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, coach Andy Reid indicated that Kelce's knee injury is "more of a bruise than anything.'' Meanwhile, Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star noted "there doesn't appear to be a high level of concern" regarding Kelce's status, with Reid offering encouraging words about what the tight end was able to do at practice Friday. "He was out there practicing, did a nice job with the plays that was in," Reid said. With that, we'd expect Kelce to be active Sunday, an outcome that will be confirmed, either way, about 90 minutes prior to Sunday afternoon's 3:05 ET kickoff.
Kelce (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Friday, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: While relaying Kelce's activity level in the final session of the week, coach Andy Reid told Adam Teicher of ESPN.com that the injury is "more of a bruise than anything." Kelce also picked up the concern at Wednesday's practice, per James Palmer of NFL Network. Reid doesn't seem to be concerned about Kelce's availability for Sunday's game against the Texans, but the tight end seems destined to be listed as questionable.
Kelce (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday.
Analysis: We'll circle back on the tight end's status Friday, but at this stage we'd expect him to be available for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Texans. The Chiefs' final injury report of of the week will reveal whether Kelce approaches that contest listed as questionable, or minus an injury designation.
Kelce wasn't wearing a knee brace at the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: Limited on Wednesday's injury report, Kelce at least will maintain that level of participation Thursday and may even elevate to 'full.' Assuming the latter comes to pass by the end of the week, his availability for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Texans will be confirmed, as appears to be the expectation.
Kelce (knee) will practice Thursday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It remains to be seen if he works fully, or is limited Thursday, but after Kelce was limited at practice Wednesday, Teicher relayed that the tight end's knee issue shouldn't keep him out of Sunday's playoff game against the Texans.
Kelce (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Per Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, the tight end's Wednesday limitations were the result of a sore knee, but the issue "shouldn't keep (Kelce) out" of Sunday's playoff game against the Texans. We'll let you know if that assessment chances as the contest approaches.
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