Travis Kelce questionable for ‘TNF’ game vs. Broncos after non-contact ankle injury

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Travis Kelce is questionable for the Kansas City Chiefs’ upcoming “Thursday Night Football” matchup with the Denver Broncos, according to Wednesday’s injury report.

Kelce rolled his ankle and went down after a non-contact slip on turf during the Chiefs’ win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. He was able to come back and score a touchdown in the second half.

The tight end isn’t the only star player to sustain a non-contact injury on artificial grass this season. New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers sustained a season-ending left Achilles tear at MetLife Stadium during his first drive ever with the team.

More recently, Minnesota Vikings star wideout Justin Jefferson was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after slipping on U.S. Bank Stadium’s slit-film turf. Jefferson’s hamstring injury occurred during the same matchup that saw Kelce’s exit and return.

His older brother, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, passionately called for the NFL to return to grass on a podcast episode released hours before the Chiefs injury report.

While the Vikings play in one of just three stadiums still using slit-film turf, Jason Kelce emphasized that all kinds of turf should be eradicated.

As the Chiefs await the verdict on Kelce’s availability, the team anticipates an important return on defense.

Nick Bolton has no designation on the report. He has been cleared to return and is expected to take the field against the Broncos, according to ESPN’s Adam Teicher. This will be Bolton’s first game since the team’s 17-9 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 17. He missed the last three games with an ankle injury.

Defensive end George Karlaftis and punter Tommy Townsend are also questionable for the Chiefs.

Meanwhile, the Broncos could see the return of tight end Greg Dulcich. He is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report, which also says he was a full practice participant Wednesday after being limited Tuesday.

Dulcich snagged two catches in Week 1 before sustaining an injury against the Raiders. To play, he would need to be activated to the team’s 53-man roster.

Denver ruled out two players, outside linebacker Frank Clark (illness) and defensive tackle D.J. Jones (knee).

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