Andy Reid Reveals Why Travis Kelce Didn't Play in Chiefs' Win vs. Chargers

Travis Kelce made the decision to sit in the Chiefs' win on Sunday
Travis Kelce made the decision to sit in the Chiefs' win on Sunday / Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs elected to sit Travis Kelce in today's win against the Chargers, ending his streak of seven consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

While the move came as a surprise given Kelce needed just 16 yards to extend his streak, Reid revealed in post-game comments to media that it was Kelce's decision not to play.

Given he had no financial incentive to reach the milestone, the future Hall of Famer chose to put the team's ultimate goal ahead of his stats.

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Reid noted that there was a clear financial difference between Kelce's situation and that of Chris Jones, who played into the third quarter to get the sack he needed for a $1.25 million contract bonus.

Kelce's season ends in uncerimonous fashion, though he still caught 93 passes for 984 yards and five TDs, leading the Chiefs in receptions and receiving yards.

His long-term health is the most important factor to consider. I'll bet the Lions regret their decision to play rookie tight end Sam LaPorta today, for example, after he was carted off with a knee injury during a mostly meaningless contest.

Now, the Chiefs can look to the playoffs with a rested Kelce. Following a rash of injuries to offensive players this afternoon, Kansas City should be grateful Kelce escaped unscathed.

If you were to ask Travis, I'm pretty sure he'll take the good health into the playoffs over his 1,000 yards.

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