The Chiefs’ Week 18 injury report rules out numerous players for the season finale, but Travis Kelce’s situation is improving as he seeks his ninth 1,000-yard season.
In preparation for their game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 18, the Kansas City Chiefs have completed their final practice of the regular season. Additionally, they have also completed their final injury report going into the game. In light of the fact that Kansas City has one more game to play before the postseason begins, the team has taken a relatively cautious approach to injuries this week.
Andy Reid, the head coach of the team, disclosed earlier in the week that quarterback Patrick Mahomes will not be participating in the game on Sunday. On Friday, he made the announcement that it is anticipated that four more players will not be participating in the game. Star tight end Travis Kelce was not included in that group, despite the fact that he had been limited in practice throughout the whole week due to a neck issue. When asked if he had made a decision regarding whether or not to let Kelce play in Week 18, Reid responded with a classic response.
“No” was the response from Reid. Everything is not yet finalized. Whatever happens, we’ll have to wait and watch how things turn out. In the official injury report for the Chiefs, which was released after Reid’s media speech, an additional five players were listed as being questionable for the game against the Chargers.
To put everything into perspective, Kelce is not even carrying a designation into the weekend. As a result of a groin injury, defensive tackle Chris Jones is not participating in the game, which is a promising indication that both players might be able to participate in the final game of the regular-season competition. The complete breakdown is as follows:
QUESTIONABLE: Isiah Pacheco (quad/shoulder), Nick Bolton (wrist/abdomen), Trent McDuffie (shoulder), George Karlaftis (non-injury-related coaching), Mike Danna (NIR-related coaching)
If Kelce and Jones do end up playing in the final game of the regular season, you shouldn’t necessarily anticipate that they will record a significant number of reps. In the event that they are included in the lineup, there are two primary goals called milestones and incentives that take center stage.
It is only necessary for Kelce to accumulate 16 receiving yards in order to extend his streak of consecutive seasons in which he has accumulated 1,000 yards. His NFL record would be moved back by one year as a result of this. In Week 18, Jones will receive a contract incentive of $1.25 million if he reaches 10 sacks for the season. A half-sack is what starts this incentive.
Throughout the course of the week, Reid has primarily communicated the same idea. Despite the fact that he stated that his decision “depends on what the milestone is,” the future head coach of the Hall of Fame continuously left the door open for both Kelce and Jones to cross those last items off their lists for the season.
It is important to remember that health will always be the top concern, so if both players are active, you should anticipate seeing them participate early and frequently. If they are unable to meet those criteria, you may have to give up snaps to younger players. The situation appears to be heading in a positive direction, despite the fact that there is a loaded injury report. This creates the conditions for Kansas City and some of its stars to pursue victories on Sunday!