You better believe the Kansas City Chiefs are hoping for not one, but two Christmas miracles before their Week 16 battle against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Their two deadliest weapons, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, were both recently moved to the team’s reserve / COVID-19 roster, putting their availability against the Steelers in very real danger. However, they received news on Saturday that Hill was able to erase league protocol and adjust on Sunday – according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network – but the verdict remains on Kelce.
Kelce will undergo several more tests before and on Sunday, according to multiple reports, in an effort to join Hill in the compensation protocol. But the Chiefs may not wait to pull the trigger on the official Kelce deal, with NFL Network reporting that the organization plans to activate the tight seven-end of the Pro Bowl on Saturday from the reserve / COVID-19 list despite not yet having approved the protocol – in case it clears Sunday.
Read this previous sentence as many times as necessary for it to make sense.
In other words, if Kelce doesn’t clarify the protocol, he won’t play against the Steelers, regardless of his designation; and that would mean the Chiefs risk a spot on the active roster on game day by rolling the dice on Kelce’s status. This is obviously something they are comfortable doing, given its value to the team’s offense and its chances of improving their chances of securing an 11th win and keeping them in first place. of the AFC before their last two regular season games.
It’s a critical game for the Chiefs – as they battle both for home advantage and the AFC’s only first-round pass – and they feel much better about their chances of knowing. that Patrick Mahomes will have Hill to toss and run through their fingers, eyes, and toes so Kelce can join them.