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Chiefs' Jody Fortson: Receives tender
Fortson, an exclusive-rights free agent, was tendered by Kansas City on Tuesday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
He split his 356 snaps almost equally between offense and special teams last year. As the No. 3 tight end behind Travis Kelce and Noah Gray, there weren't many looks left over for Fortson, resulting in 14 catches on 18 targets over the last two seasons, although he did score four TDs. He should continue to fill a similar role in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jody Fortson: Off IR
Fortson (elbow) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.
It'll be interesting to see how many snaps Fortson actually sees Sunday with both Noah Gray and Blake Bell healthy and in the offensive fold for the Chiefs, but Travis Kelce's (back) late emergence on the injury report Friday could mean the team will safeguard its prized target a bit more. Fortson had just 13 targets across 13 regular-season contests this season.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jody Fortson: May be activated this week
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Fortson (elbow) has a chance to be activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Bengals, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Fortson returned to practice ahead of the divisional-round matchup against the Jaguars, but he ultimately remained on injured reserve and missed a fourth straight game due to an elbow injury. Reid said Fortson and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) could both be back in the fold this Sunday, but the tight end seems to be further along in his recovery from injury than the running back. Fortson, who caught nine of 13 targets for 108 yards and two scores across 13 regular-season appearances, will likely have only a minimal role on offense Sunday if he's brought back from IR prior to the game.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jody Fortson: Remains on IR
Fortson (elbow) wasn't activated from injured reserve Friday and won't play in Saturday's divisional-round matchup against the Jaguars, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
As expected, Fortson will miss a fourth straight game due to a subluxated elbow. He returned to practice this week and appears to be trending in the right direction, so the backup tight end could be available for a potential AFC Championship Game if Kansas City advances.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jody Fortson: Availability trending downward
Head coach Andy Reid said Thursday that Fortson (elbow) is "probably not" going to be activated for Saturday's AFC divisional-round matchup against the Jaguars, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Despite being designated to return from injured reserve Tuesday, it currently sounds like Fortson is on track to miss a fourth consecutive matchup due to a subluxated elbow. Should that eventually be the case, Noah Gray and Blake Bell are both slated to receive rotational tight end snaps behind All-Pro selection Travis Kelce this weekend.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jody Fortson: Designated to return from IR
Fortson (elbow) was designated to return from injured reserve and will practice Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Fortson missed the final three regular-season games due to a subluxated elbow, but he'll return to practice this week and have a shot to play in Saturday's divisional-round matchup against Jacksonville. Across 13 appearances, the backup tight end caught nine of 13 targets for 108 yards and two scores, but he played more on special teams (181 snaps) than he did on offense (175).... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jody Fortson: Placed on injured reserve
The Chiefs placed Fortson (elbow) on injured reserve Friday.
Fortson was already ruled out for Saturday's matchup against the Seahawks, but the backup tight end will now miss at least four games, including the final three regular-season contests, due to a subluxed elbow. Blake Bell, who was activated off injured reserve Friday, figures to take over as the No. 3 tight end behind Travis Kelce and Noah Gray.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jody Fortson: Deemed out Week 16
Fortson (elbow) will not play in Saturday's game against the Seahawks.
Fortson did not participate during Week 16 prep while dealing with a subluxed elbow, which could keep him sidelined for multiple games. While there's still no timeline for the 27-year-old's return, his next opportunity to play will come versus Denver on Sunday, Jan. 1. With Fortson sidelined, Kansas City could be left short handed behind Travis Kelce and Noah Gray if veteran tight end Blake Bell (hip) is not activated from IR before Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jody Fortson: Unlikely to play Saturday
Fortson is unlikely to play Saturday against the Seahawks due to an elbow injury and could be sidelined for multiple weeks, Pete Sweeney of Arrowhead Pride reports.
Head coach Andy Reid said Tuesday that Fortson didn't practice Tuesday because his elbow subluxated. The extent of the injury remains unclear, but it sounds likely Fortson could miss at least one game. However, on a positive note, the Chiefs designated Blake Bell (hip) to return from IR Tuesday, so he could help fill some of the backup tight end duties if Fortson is out for an extended period.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jody Fortson: Just 10 snaps in Week 14
Fortson went without a target while playing 10 snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-28 win over the Broncos.
After drawing a season-high three targets in the Chiefs' Week 12 win over the Rams, Fortson has largely fallen out of the game plan over the subsequent two weeks. He's been targeted just once while playing 20 snaps on offense the past two games, with Fortson picking up more reps on special teams during that stretch. Fortson looks to be the clear No. 3 option at tight end behind Travis Kelce and Noah Gray.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jody Fortson: Draws season-high three targets
Fortson was on the field for 17 of the Chiefs' 76 snaps on offense and recorded two receptions for 26 yards on three targets in Sunday's 26-10 win over the Rams.
Seven-time Pro Bowler Travis Kelce remains the Chiefs' top tight end and the top fantasy producer at the position in the NFL, but backups Noah Gray and Fortson haven't been complete nonentities in the passing game. Even though Gray and Fortson are utilized mostly as blockers when on the field, they've combined to produce 26 receptions, 277 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns through Kansas City's first 11 games. Neither Gray nor Fortson is likely to see his role expand much from its current level, however, so long as Kelce remains available.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jody Fortson: Gets in full practice
Fortson (quadriceps) participated fully at practice Wednesday ahead of Sunday's game versus Jacksonville.
Fortson was forced to miss Monday night's win versus Tennessee with a quad injury, but it appears he should be ready to roll again for Week 10. As long as Travis Kelce is also healthy though, Fortson probably won't see enough work to be a viable fantasy option in most formats.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jody Fortson: Ruled out for Week 9
Fortson (quadriceps/illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Titans, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Fortson landed on the injury report Wednesday as a non-participant due to a quadriceps injury, but he's now being listed with an illness as well. The severity of the issues remain unclear, but the reserve tight end will miss at least one game. If Kansas City doesn't elevate a tight end for Week 9, Noah Gray will be the only backup available behind Travis Kelce.... See More ... See Less
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