Taylor Swift Misses Chiefs-Vikings Game, Travis Kelce Sustains Apparent Ankle Injury

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Swift was not in attendance Sunday (Oct. 8) as she’s been for the last two Chiefs games. The tight end seemingly tripped on the field’s turf and sustained a non-contact injury.

Taylor Swift is seen leaving VMAs After Party Hosted by Diddy on September 13, 2023 in New York City.

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Taylor Swift was not at Sunday’s (Oct. 8) Chiefs-Vikings game, where rumored romantic interest Travis Kelce sustained an injury. Earlier in the game, which was televised on CBS, on-air commentator Jim Nantz confirmed that Swift was nowhere to be seen at Minneapolis, Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium.

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“In case you’re wondering, seven words I never thought would leave my lips in my career: Taylor Swift is not at the game,” Nantz announced. “That’s a first. I’ve never said that before. There’s some brokenhearted people I just saw in the stands.”

The camera panned to a Swift fan holding up a sign, and holding on to the hope of her appearing. Her sign asked what many were thinking: “Where’s Taylor?” A photo from Getty Images, seen below, shows another fan displaying a clever sign, noting that 87 (Kelce’s number) and 13 (Swift’s lucky number) equals 100%. “Kelce make a Swift TD,” it read.

A fan holds up a sign in reference to Taylor Swift prior to a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on Oct. 8, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Others in the stands were shown wearing jerseys that read “SWIFTIE” on the back.

While Swift was not there to cheer on Kelce in person, as she has for the last two Chiefs games, the tight end seemingly tripped on the field’s turf and sustained a non-contact injury. Kelce was seen leaving the field, throwing off his helmet and heading to the locker room.

Kelce returned to the sideline with a securely wrapped right ankle.

Commentator Tracy Wolfson gave an update: “Travis Kelce is still on the sideline right now, but as you can see, helmet on, that right foot is wrapped up. I was just told he’s gonna try and give it a go. They’re leaving it up to him. He wants to play in this game, guys.”

Kelce reportedly suffered what is assumed to be high ankle sprain. Reports said that medical staff cleared Kelce to return if he wanted to. He ultimately rejoined the game and, soon after his return, scored a touchdown.

“Kelce comes off the X-ray table and finds the endzone,” the announcer said.

See what happened to Kelce at the Chiefs-Vikings game below. Plus, scroll through several Swift/football fan reactions to both the singer being absent at Sunday’s game and Kelce’s injury.

Chiefs get good news on Travis Kelce.

Tracy Wolfson: “Travis Kelce still on the sideline right now but as you can see, helmet on. That right foot is wrapped up. And I was just told he’s gonna try to give it a go. They’re leaving it up to him. He wants to play in this game.” pic.twitter.com/y8bQdTWZeo

— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) October 8, 2023

not me searching “Taylor Swift” and repeatedly refreshing the feed to find out if she’s actually at the Vikings/Chiefs game while also watching the game

— Sam Sansevere (@samsansevere) October 8, 2023

my mom turned on the chiefs game just to see if Taylor was there 🥹

— lindsay 🫶🏻 (@shimmerrswift) October 8, 2023

I’m at a party watching the Vikings-Chiefs game but people are starting to file out now that it’s been announced that Taylor Swift is not there

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 8, 2023

I just realized how boring it is to watch the Chiefs game if Taylor Swift isn’t there…😴

— Diane Beeman (@BeemanDibmn) October 8, 2023

@Chiefs would it be possible to send me a schedule of games Taylor will be attending? I need to know which games to watch. Thanks!
Kidding/not kidding

— g o’quinn (@goquinn15) October 8, 2023

Travis Kelce hurt?! Damn. Taylor Swift really IS his good luck charm. Chiefs fan hating on her should be ashamed right now.

— Brooke (@CryptoCur1821) October 8, 2023

I would like to thank all the Swifties out there for praying for Travis Kelce and bringing him back to life.@NFL #KCvsMIN

— Clark Schuyler (@cschuyler935) October 8, 2023

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