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.

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.