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Chiefs Injury Report: Despite HC Andy Reid’s Optimism, Chiefs Fans Puzzled After Fresh Updates on Travis Kelce & Chris Jones

Published 09/16/2023, 7:16 AM EDT

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Unfortunate news continues to loom over the Chiefs Kingdom! The reigning champs, led by Patrick Mahomes, kicked this season off with a disheartening loss to the Lions. Both the offense and defense faced struggles, aggravated by the unavailability of key players like Travis Kelce and Chris Jones. Speculation reached a fever pitch leading up to their Week 2 clash against the Jaguars, with concerns mounting about the team’s ability to regain their footing in terms of receiving room and bolstering their defense.

A glimmer of hope arrived when Andy Reid himself reassured fans that the Chiefs would soon have their missing pieces back. However, the latest injury report seems to tell a different story.

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Defensive tackle Chris Jones had been engaged in a contractual standoff with the team until the disappointing Week 1 loss prompted a resolution. The team inked a new contract with the 4x Pro Bowler, offering more than his base salary of $19.5 million. With incentives, Jones now has the potential to earn up to $25 million, and all seemed promising for his return in Week 2. Head Coach Reid further bolstered this hope by stating on Friday that both Jones and tight end Travis Kelce, who had been dealing with a knee injury, were expected to make their comeback, adding, “As long as nothing happens, they’ll be out there.

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However, the injury report from week 2 has now cast shadows upon Reid’s statement. As per the newly released list, the star TE Kelce remains ‘questionable’. Additionally, Jones is also ‘unspecified’, which only makes things worse. The defending champs have a total of 9 players on their week 2 injury report, which has sparked disappointment among the fanbase.

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Both Kelce and Jones have played pivotal roles in the team’s success during the 2019 and 2022 seasons, and the recent injury and contract holdout news have cast a shadow over the 2023 season.

Is Jones not satisfied?

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While Travis’s absence is somewhat expected, the ‘unspecified’ status for Jones has left many surprised. For a significant part of this year, Jones had been embroiled in a standoff with the team, skipping OTAs, the preseason, and even the home opener, where he opted to sit among the crowd as the opponent took the defense apart piece by piece. His contract renegotiations have yet to yield an extension, and this one-year deal only covers the fines incurred due to his earlier non-compliance. In a recent interview, Jones expressed a desire to make different decisions in the future when negotiating contracts, which speaks volumes about his dissatisfaction.

Notably, Jones also mentioned in the interview his eagerness for a standout season and the opportunity to develop chemistry with the new additions to the team for this season. He extended gratitude and thanks to the GM and HC for their cooperation.

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With Week 2 fast approaching, there have been no official confirmations from the team regarding the availability of Jones and Travis. Only time will tell the composition of the roster when they take the gridiron at TIAA Bank Field.

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Samnur Reza

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Samnur Reza or “Rocky”, is an NFL sportswriter at EssentiallySports. He is an avid sports enthusiast with a particular love for football. Rocky looks up to Joe Burrow and Jalen Ramsey as two of the best athletes in the game.
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Mallika Singh