Travis Kelce Out for Chiefs vs. Steelers amid COVID-19 Protocols

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVDecember 26, 2021

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs with the ball during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
AP Photo/Kyusung Gong

The Kansas City Chiefs announced that tight end Travis Kelce will miss Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that the All-Pro would remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list, as he did not clear protocols in time to play Sunday.

Kelce has been durable throughout his career, appearing in at least 15 games in each of the previous seven seasons entering the 2021 campaign.

He is arguably the best tight end in the league and has 83 catches for 1,066 yards and seven touchdowns this season, which marks his sixth consecutive year with more than 1,000 receiving yards.

He is a matchup nightmare for linebackers and safeties because of his combination of athleticism and physicality. While the Chiefs still have Tyreek Hill as a game-changing playmaker, they don't have another tight end who can replicate Kelce's impact.

Look for Blake Bell to fill in at tight end with the starter sidelined.