Chiefs star Travis Kelce, without Taylor Swift on the sidelines, gives fans a scare
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce went down with in a noncontact ankle injury in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings — but returned to action after halftime.
Kelce caught a short pass from Patrick Mahomes early in the second quarter and went down on the U.S. Bank Stadium turf without being tackled at the Chiefs’ 34-yard line.
The tight end appeared to grab at his right ankle or lower leg before teammates helped him up.
Kelce, who missed the season opener against Detroit with a hyperextended knee, jogged off with a noticeable hitch and spent several minutes trying to walk back and forth on the sideline.
He limped into a tunnel for further examination and a short time later, the Chiefs listed him as unlikely to return to action.
Kelce was even sent on the field for defense, as the Chiefs wanted his 6-foot-5 frame to defend a possible Hail Mary heave by the Vikings on the game’s final play.
And then well after the game, Kelce paid tribute to the Chiefs fans who came out to support their team in enemy territory.
Kelce, one of the game’s best tight ends, has suddenly become one of pop culture’s best-known athletes because of his ties to Taylor Swift.
She did not appear to be at Sunday’s game in Minneapolis.