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Chiefs’ Travis Kelce advances to next stage of concussion protocol

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The Chiefs received a bit of positive news recently, as tight end Travis Kelce advanced to the next level of the NFL’s concussion protocol and was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Kelce, who missed practice on Wednesday, sat out the second half of the Chiefs’ 42-34 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday after absorbing a shot to the head shortly before halftime.

Kelce was cleared in the sideline tent and re-entered the game briefly before halftime, when Chiefs coach Andy Reid said it was discovered Kelce wasn’t remembering things clearly.

Kelce, 28, leads the Chiefs in receptions (29) and targets (37) and is second in receiving yards (353) and touchdowns (two).

One key Chief was added to the injury report Thursday, however, as No. 1 receiver Tyreek Hill was listed as a limited participant due to a hamstring injury.

Other injured Chiefs appear to be making making progress, however, including center Mitch Morse, who has missed the last three games with a foot injury, and receiver Albert Wilson (knee). Both were, like Kelce, expected to be limited in practice on Thursday after missing practice Wednesday.

A handful of other players who didn’t practice included Justin Houston (calf), guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee) and safety Steven Terrell (concussion) and receiver Chris Conley (Achilles).

Outside linebacker Dee Ford, who missed the Chiefs’ last two games with a back injury, has been a full participant for the last two practices and appears to be on track to play.

The Chiefs have yet to place Conley on injured reserve, despite the fact he is expected to miss the rest of the season. Should the club choose to add someone to the active roster to fill his spot, they have until Saturday to do so.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid updated on Wednesday the status of the rash of injuries suffered in Houston. Reid also commented on Sunday's game against the Steelers at Arrowhead.

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