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October 12, 2013

Chiefs place tight end Travis Kelce on injured reserve

The Chiefs placed tight end Travis Kelce on injured reserve and elevated former Kansas safety Bradley McDougald to the 53-man roster Saturday.

The Chiefs placed tight end Travis Kelce on injured reserve and elevated former Kansas safety Bradley McDougald to the 53-man roster Saturday.

Kelce, a rookie who was taken in the third round of April’s NFL Draft, recently had a micro-fracture procedure on his knee. He has been dealing with a bone bruise since the preseason and appeared briefly in one regular-season game.

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said a spot in Kelce’s cartilage at the end of his femur didn’t show up in MRIs, but when team physician Cris Barnthouse went in with a scope, the spot was revealed and repaired.

McDougald, who is listed at 6 feet 1 and 209 pounds, signed as a rookie free agent in May after appearing in 47 games for Kansas from 2009-12. He was briefly released from the Chiefs’ 53-man roster in September, only to be added back to the practice squad a few days later. He tallied 194 tackles and six interceptions as a Jayhawk.

The Star’s Randy Covitz contributed to this report.

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