It was just a matter of time before Kelce was moved to injured reserve after he underwent microfracture knee surgery this week. A serious surgery that involves creating tiny fractures int he knee to try and force new cartilage to develop.
Kelce faces months of rehab that has to be monitored closely because any sort of overexertion can easily cause a major setback. Even if everything goes perfectly, there’s no guarantee he will regain his explosiveness.
Taking his place on the roster is a guy in McDougald that is no stranger to the active roster. He made the initial 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas before being cut when the Chiefs made a wave of waiver claims.
The safety quickly moved back to the active roster when fellow-rookie Sanders Commings was put on injured reserve. He found his way to the practice squad again after the team needed to add tight end Kevin Brock thanks to injuries to Kelce and starter Anthony Fasano.
If cornerback Brandon Flowers or safety Kendrick Lewis are unable to play Sunday, McDougald could find himself active and even contributing on defense.