Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs’ head coach, revealed that Blake Bell had undergone surgery for a hip flexor injury.
Speaking to journalists Tuesday night, Reid refused to confirm if the team will put Bell on the injured reserve. He doesn’t expect the tight end to return soon.
“I don’t think it’s going to be real quick, though,” Reid said of Bell’s recovery.
#Chiefs HC Andy Reid says he has no timetable on TE Blake Bell's return from hip surgery: "I don't think it's going to be real quick, though."
— Charles Goldman (@goldmctNFL) August 23, 2022
Bell caught nine of the 13 targets in Kansas City’s second stint. He also added 10 yards running. Bell played 29 percent of offense’s snaps and was mostly an extra blocker.
Although he has not scored a touchdown in seven seasons with five different teams so far, he did score in Kansas City’s Divisional round win over the Houston Texans during the 2019 postseason.
On its unofficial depth chart , Kansas City placed Bell second to Travis Kelce. Jody Fortson and Noah Gray are all competing for tight end roster spots.
Bell would be out of the 2022 season if Kansas City placed him on the IR, before reducing the roster to 53 players next Tuesday.