Travis Kelce was out for the Kansas City Chiefs’ season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers, ending the star tight end’s chances of reaching the 1,000-yard mark for an eighth consecutive season.
Kelce needed 16 yards to reach the milestone, which would have been the fourth-longest scoring streak in NFL history regardless of position, but the ball came as the Chiefs (10-6) clinched the third seed in the AFC playoffs. The team decided to proceed with caution.
Kelce is the only tight end in NFL history with seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Current FOX Sports NFL analyst Greg Olsen holds the second-longest record streak, hitting the mark in three consecutive seasons from 2014 to 2016.
Two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes was benched early Sunday and veteran Brian Gabbert will start.
Other notable Chiefs who will be in attendance include wide receiver Rashee Rice (hamstring), wide receiver Kadarius Toney (hip/ankle) and cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (calf) ). Defensive end Mike Danner and offensive tackle Donovan Smith also did not play.
Rice had been ruled out Friday. Rice is 58 yards shy of Dwayne Bowe (996), who leads the Chiefs rookie in receiving yards.
The Chargers (5-11) will miss wide receiver Keenan Allen’s fourth straight game with a heel injury. Linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. (shoulder), linebacker Zion Johnson (neck), defensive lineman Nick Williams, wide receiver Jaylen Guyton, safety JT Woods, running back Isaiah Ya Spiller also did not play.
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Associated Press reports.
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