Chiefs TE Travis Kelce suddenly questionable for AFC Championship game with a back injury

The Kansas City Chiefs may be without Travis Kelce for the AFC Championship game on Sunday.

Kelce, despite being a full participant in practice on Friday, was a late addition to the team’s injury report. He was listed as questionable for their game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a back injury, though specifics of that injury are not yet known.

Though it seems likely he will play, barring any setbacks between now and Sunday afternoon, the Chiefs would be missing a big part of their offense should Kelce be sidelined.

Kelce had 1,338 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns this season, his ninth in Kansas City. He had 98 yards and two touchdowns on 14 catches in last week’s divisional round win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, too.

The Chiefs also listed receivers Mecole Hardman and Justin Watson as questionable. Hardaman is dealing with a pelvis issue, and Watson missed practice Friday with an illness.

The good news for the Chiefs, however, is that quarterback Patrick Mahomes seems fully healthy after his ankle injury last week. Mahomes, after briefly leaving against the Jaguars with a high ankle sprain, practiced fully all week and was not on the injury report on Friday.