Stephania Bell: Travis Kelce

In many years, the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Oakland Raiders would have been a big AFC West divisional matchup. Instead, the 7-3 Chiefs -- who are tied for the division lead with the Denver Broncos -- face a winless Raiders group, and many are simply hoping for a good game. Or at least a good fantasy game.

With that in mind, the only fantasy-relevant injury news for the Thursday night contest is at the Chiefs’ tight end position:

Travis Kelce, ribs/shoulder (P), and Anthony Fasano, knee (Q): Fasano missed the team’s Week 11 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks with a bruised knee but did return to limited practice this week. His status for Thursday night is up in the air, not that it should significantly impact the role of Kelce, who remains the better pass-catching tight end option for the Chiefs.

Kelce’s listing on the injury report this week with both rib and shoulder ailments reflects the wear and tear of a long season. He injured his rib cartilage in Week 7 against the San Diego Chargers but hasn’t missed any time. His game status is not in jeopardy. Listed as a full participant in practice each day and entering the game as probable, Kelce will be on the field Thursday night.

Eagles-Chiefs injury update

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Brandon FlowersKyle Rivas/Getty ImagesBrandon Flowers is a key to Kansas City's defense, but he may sit out Thursday night.
Given all the injuries to key fantasy players in Week 2, it's somewhat surprising there aren't more to report for the Thursday night game. One of the more significant question marks from a general team perspective is Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers, who was held to limited practice this week with a knee injury. Flowers had 10 solo tackles in Week 2 and an interception in the season opener, so his absence would not go unnoticed. He is listed as questionable, and his status may not be known until game time.

Perhaps most notable for fantasy owners is Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who entered Week 2 with a thigh contusion, but he is no longer on the injury report.

Let's take a look at the fantasy-relevant players who actually are on the injury report: a trio of tight ends.

Philadelphia Eagles

Brent Celek, shoulder (probable): Celek was clearly uncomfortable after suffering a shoulder injury late in the Eagles' Week 2 contest, but he finished the game. More uncomfortable for fantasy owners might be the limited targets he has had (four, including just one in Week 2) this season. He remains the Eagles' top tight end, although the opposing Chiefs defense may not help his cause. Celek was listed as a full participant in practice throughout the week, and the probable tag indicates the Eagles expect him on the field Thursday night.

Kansas City Chiefs

Anthony Fasano, ankle (doubtful), and Travis Kelce, knee (questionable): The Chiefs' top two tight ends are on the injury report, and one of them is virtually assured of sitting out. Fasano was a nonparticipant in practice Tuesday and Wednesday (the Chiefs did not practice Monday) because of an ankle injury and is listed as doubtful. He is expected to miss Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Kelce suffered a bone bruise in his knee during the preseason and is still on the mend. Although a bruise doesn't sound serious, the concern with bruising of bone is the risk of progression to a more significant injury such as a stress fracture, hence the caution. Despite being active Week 1, the rookie saw no playing time, and he has yet to catch an NFL regular-season pass. Kelce did practice on a limited basis Tuesday and Wednesday, but that has been his activity level for the past couple of weeks. His status -- not to mention his level of contribution, if he does play -- is questionable.

If both Fasano and Kelce are out, the next two players at the position are Sean McGrath and Kevin Brock.

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