Travis Kelce returns to Vikings game after ankle injury

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce suffered a non-contact ankle injury Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings but returned to action after halftime.

Early in the second quarter, Kelce caught a short pass from Patrick Mahomes and fell to the U.S. Bank Stadium turf without a tackle at the Chiefs 34-yard line.

He appeared to grab his right ankle or calf before teammates helped him to his feet.

Kelce jogged, clearly hitting a snag, and spent several minutes trying to pace the sideline before limping into the tunnel for further inspection.

CBS reported during the game broadcast that Kelce underwent an X-ray of his right foot. After watching the first possession of the third quarter from the sideline, he returned to the field on the next possession.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce left the game after suffering an injury in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.Abby Parr/Associated Press

Kelce is one of the best tight ends in the game and has suddenly become one of the most famous athletes in pop culture thanks to his relationship with Taylor Swift.

Swift melded two fan groups — Swift fans and football watchers — by watching the Chiefs’ past two games, at home against the Chicago Bears and a week ago against the New York Jets.

She does not appear to be participating in Sunday’s game in Minneapolis.

Kelce had five catches for 22 yards in the first half. He missed the season opener against Detroit due to a hyperextended knee.

Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a season-ending injury on the MetLife Stadium turf in Week 1, prompting renewed calls from players to move away from artificial turf.

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