Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce left practice early on the second day of full-team training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri. Kelce walked back up the hill as opposed to being carted off, a positive sign for a player with an apparent minor injury.
Kelce's early exit was reported by a variety of outlets, including Todd Leabo of Sports Radio 810 WHB, including a photo of Kelce walking up the hill just off the practice fields at Missouri Western State University.
After practice, the Chiefs announced that Kelce left with a tight back and hips, as reported by Leabo and others.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network later tweeted that "the early word is it's probably nothing more than that," continuing the optimism around an apparently minor injury.
Kelce has gone for more than 1,000 receiving yards in each of his last five seasons, besting his own NFL record. Taylor Witt of Arrowhead Report wrote about Kelce's Hall of Fame track and made the case that Kelce would be a Hall of Famer if he retired without playing another snap, even though he's far from finished.
If Kelce hung up the cleats at age 31, he would be a no-doubt Hall of Famer. If he plays through his age-37 season as [Hall of Famer Tony] Gonzalez did, Kelce would now be only a little bit beyond the halfway point in his career. He probably won't keep racking up 1,000 yards every season until he's 37, but he's a safe bet to be on top of all of the record books by the time he calls it a career. The gold jacket will just be a formality.