Why Did Travis Kelce Miss a Season? What Happened?

The Super Bowl is the single largest event on the global sports calendar, with viewership to rise in the nine figures when the San Francisco 49ers play the Kansas City Chiefs on February 11.

Until then, every detail of Super Bowl LVIII on and off the field will be broken down as the match-ups get compared, the form analyzed, and every injury scare carefully monitored.

The spotlight will perhaps shine brightest on Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Yes, his resurgent form during the playoffs which has seen him haul in 23 catches for 262 yards and three touchdowns has helped here, but his relationship with Taylor Swift means the column inches will rack up and make him the game’s most talked-about player.

Why Did Travis Kelce Miss a Season?

A third-round pick in the first draft class of the Andy Reid era in Kansas City, Kelce missed his entire rookie year with an injury he suffered as a collegian at the University of Cincinnati.

Since recovering from the ailment suffered as a Bearcat, Kelce has never missed a game for the Chiefs, until today. Although the injury that happened during practice is believed to be temporary, Kelce’s impressive ironman streak will end when Kansas City plays at Detroit tonight.

The Chiefs signed tight end Matt Bushman from the practice squad early Thursday to fill in for Kelce on the 53-man active roster.

What is Travis Kelceā€™s Injury Record this Season?

The 34-year-old is in his 11th season in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and while he’s been a solid starter through his career to date, he did miss two games with an injury during the 2023 campaign.

He missed the season opener vs. the Detroit Lions, when the Chiefs lost 21-20 at Arrowhead Stadium, with a knee injury.

He also missed the season finale due to a neck issue, but the Chiefs had already won the AFC West title and the number three seed before the 13-12 victory over the Chargers.

Final Thoughts

Travis Kelce has shared what he felt after missing a personal landmark. He just needed 16 yards before the final regular season game to chalk up an eighth season with over 1000+ receiving yards.

But the Kansas City Chiefs tight end was rested in their 13-12 win over the Los Angeles Chargers and he didn’t reach the landmark.

Kelce himself made the decision to not play despite his quarterback Patrick Mahomes trying to convince him to take to the field to get to 1,000 yards.