Injuries: Travis Kelce (concussion) advances in protocol


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The Chiefs are rolling — and they might get one of their best playmakers back in time for Week 6.

Tight end Travis Kelce has advanced to the next stage of the league’s concussion protocol and can work in practice in a limited capacity, according to BJ Kissel of the team’s official site. Kelce suffered a concussion in Kansas City’s Week 5 win over Houston.

Kelce is a major part of Kansas City’s trio of weapons of him, receiver Tyreek Hill and rookie sensation Kareem Hunt. The tight end’s size and athleticism puts him squarely in the conversation for the NFL’s best tight end, and also makes him one of the league’s most dangerous targets. The Chiefs‘ offense is substantially better with Kelce than without, but if he’s forced out in Week 6, Alex Smith will have Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis in Kelce’s place.

The Chiefs host the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rematch of last season’s frigid, field-goal-filled AFC Divisional Round contest.

Other injury news we’re tracking on this Week 6 Thursday:

1. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (shoulder) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (thigh were both present for the start of New England’s Thursday walkthrough, according to the Boston Herald.

2. Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will undergo season-ending back surgery, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported.