The Kansas City Chiefs may have lost the opening game of the season at home to the Detroit Lions 21-20, but reinforcements could be on the way. The Chiefs played the season opener without tight end Travis Kelce with a knee injury while defensive tackle Chris Jones was holding out for a new contract.
Head coach Andy Reid spoke with the media on Wednesday afternoon and provided the following updates on the two impactful players for the team.
Updates from #Chiefs coach Andy Reid:
— TE Travis Kelce (knee) will practice in a limited capacity, as he makes progress from his bone bruise.
— DL Chris Jones, back from his holdout, will practice today and play on Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2023
With the Chiefs heading south to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2 and already 0-1 on the season, these two would be incredible additions in a rematch of last year’s AFC Divisional Round matchup.
What is the Chiefs’ outlook on the season right now?
The Chiefs, without two of their three best players in Week 1, were almost able to pick up a victory as they lost by a singular point. With Travis Kelce being the top receiver on the Kansas City roster, it will be a welcomed sight to see him back on the field.
The defense was not able to provide much pressure to Jared Goff last Thursday, and adding one of the franchise’s best pass-rushers back into the fold. Chris Jones has made four Pro Bowl teams and once was an All-Pro with 65 career sacks and 12 forced fumbles. When he is on the field, it immediately makes the Chiefs’ defense take a step in the right direction as they are able to apply more pressure and limit the opposing quarterback’s ability to stay stationary in the pocket.
If these two players are able to play at 100 percent in Week 2, it will give Kansas City a great chance to win this game and be a top dog in the AFC once again. Only the Las Vegas Raiders won Week 1 out of the AFC West, so the division is still very much up for grabs for the Chiefs to win.
Expect to see Patrick Mahomes play similarly to what we are used to, as having his top option back will only help the chains continue to move. You were able to see a lot of frustration he had with this wide receiver core.
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