Tight end Travis Kelce has advanced to the next stage of the league's concussion protocol and officially was a full participate at practice Thursday. Kelce suffered a concussion in Kansas City's Week 5 win over Houston.
Kelce is a major part of Kansas City's trio of weapons of him, receiver Tyreek Hill and rookie sensation Kareem Hunt. The tight end's size and athleticism puts him squarely in the conversation for the NFL's best tight end, and also makes him one of the league's most dangerous targets. The Chiefs' offense is substantially better with Kelce than without, but if he's forced out in Week 6, Alex Smith will have Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis in Kelce's place.
Other injury news we're tracking on this Week 6 Thursday:
- Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly suffered a concussion during the second quarter of Thursday's game against the Eagles. Running back Fozzy Whittaker also left early when he was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury in the first quarter. He was shown on camera during the second half wearing a protective boot on his right foot while on crutches on the sideline.
- Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) will practice Thursday and Saturday, per Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star, and offered a little context on how he's feeling: