Roundup: Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (hip/back) sits out practice

Travis Kelce's early exit from Thursday's practice has carried over into today.

Kelce (hip/back) did not participate in Kansas City's Friday session, NFL Network's Jeffri Chadiha reported.

Kelce departed the Chiefs' Thursday action due to tightness in his back and hips, but the team didn't seem too concerned with the issue, choosing to remove Kelce from practice as a measure of caution, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Kelce is among the league's top tight ends, having posted five straight seasons of 1,000-plus receiving yards. He set career-high marks in yards and receiving touchdowns in 2020 and appears poised to resume his high level of production as he nears his 32nd birthday in October.

In transaction news, the Chiefs waived long-snapper Drew Scott.

Here's other news Around The NFL is monitoring on Friday:

The NFL informed teams Friday of updated COVID-19 protocols for training camp and the preseason in a memo obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Notably, family visits are now allowed at training camp with "cohabitants of players and Tier 1/Tier 2 staff" permitted to be on the field after practices or at outdoor social events. They must produce proof of vaccination to the club. Fully vaccinated players also may be included for purposes of calculating the 90% threshold with respect to family camp visits. In addition, unvaccinated players are no longer required to be in masks during on-field practices outside but are required to wear them during walkthroughs. To view the full memo, click here.

  • The New York Giants appeared to have avoided a nightmare in regards to Shane Lemieux's exit from practice Thursday. Coach Joe Judge told reporters Friday "the worst-case scenario has been avoided" after receiving results from an MRI on Lemieux's injured knee, per the New York Post. Lemieux was carted off the field during Thursday's session with the knee injury.
  • 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters defensive end Nick Bosa did not partake in individual drills Friday because of a scheduled maintenance day as he works his way back from a torn ACL. Also, the Niners are planning to sign receiver-turned-tight end Jordan Matthews, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. He was active for Weeks 16-17 last season
  • New England Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a back injury, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Stidham should be able to return in roughly 12 weeks or so, as the procedure was not season-ending, he added. Also, the Pats signed offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders placed running back Theo Riddick on the reserve/retired list. The former Lions back had appeared in just four games over the past two seasons but caught 290 passes over an eight-year career. Running back Kenyan Drake and defensive tackle Darius Stills were activated from the non-football injury list.
  • The Cleveland Browns have hired former Lions general manager Bob Quinn as a senior consultant to their football ops department, Rapoport reported Friday morning. Quinn was the Lions' GM for the previous five seasons until he was let go in 2020.
  • Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy told reporters Friday morning that defensive lineman Akiem Hicks missed practice Thursday due to soreness in his foot, but was expected to practice Friday. Bears rookie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins is still out with back tightness.
  • The Buffalo Bills announced Friday that they have signed tight end Bug Howard.
  • Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said on NFL Network's Inside Training Camp that cornerback Xavien Howard would not practice Friday due to an ankle injury. Miami activated tackle Larnel Coleman off the reserve/COVID-19 list and waived guard Ross Reynolds.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott told reporters he's currently sidelined because of soreness in his throwing arm, which is afirst for him. "I know I'll be fine," he said. "I'm not worried about that, and it's not something I'm worried about lingering."

  • Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz's missed Friday's practice with a foot injury is set to visit noted specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, Garafolo and Rapoport report. All options currently are on the table for Wentz, including a potential surgical procedure. Center Ryan Kelly also spent the day on the sideline due to an elbow injury, per FOX59's Mike Chappel. Guard Quenton Nelson, receiver T.Y. Hilton and tight end Jack Doyle received rest days.
  • The New Orleans Saints signed receiver Tommylee Lewis.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Friday they had activated safety Jordan Whitehead from the reserve/COVID list and waived safety Augie Contressa.
  • The Washington Football Team announced Friday that defensive lineman Devaroe Lawrence has passed his physical and returned to the active roster.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Friday they have signed tight end Marcus Baugh and waived/injured Dax Raymond.
  • The Tennessee Titans announced the signing of centers Spencer Pulley and Patrick Morris on Friday and that they had waived/injured Elijah Nkansah.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars waived kicker Aldrick Rosas and linebacker Leon Jacobs, and signed receiver Tevin Jones.
  • The New York Jets signed kicker Matt Ammendola and released veteran K Sam Ficken, who has been with the team since 2019.

Training camp is finally here! Be sure to check out NFL Network's extensive live coverage, including Inside Training Camp every day and highlighted by Training Camp: Back Together Saturday Fueled by Gatorade on July 31.

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