Thursday didn’t begin off nicely for Kansas Metropolis Chiefs followers, with information breaking that potential beginning proper guard Kyle Lengthy may very well be out till Week 1 with a “lower-leg” harm. That will cowl necessary minicamp subsequent week via the month of August.
Lengthy tweeted concerning the harm round 10 a.m. Arrowhead Time on Thursday.
“I did every part I may to arrange to get again for soccer,” wrote Lengthy, referencing his 12 months off and return from retirement. “Zero regrets. I’ve been getting higher on a regular basis and having a lot enjoyable with my new workforce. Specializing in controlling the issues I can management. Yesterday was not a type of issues! Thanks for the nicely needs.”
A few hours later, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid took the digital podium for media availability following the workforce’s ninth organized workforce exercise (OTA) observe.
“They’re going to take a look at it and decide it,” mentioned Reid relating to the harm. “There’s an opportunity he has to have surgical procedure on it, however we’ll see, see the place it’s at.”
With the analysis nonetheless ongoing, it’s laborious to know when Lengthy might be out there to observe once more. If he certainly does have surgical procedure, that may clearly require leg rehab earlier than observe — when Lengthy may presumably get misplaced energy again — furthering the unknown.
He may thus be a candidate to start out the season on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) record, which might save the Chiefs an preliminary 53-man roster spot however imply Lengthy could be out for the primary six video games.
Within the meantime, the Chiefs want to determine who might be their beginning proper guard — the place Lengthy was thought-about a favourite.
“We’re fortunate that we’ve got some good gamers in there,” mentioned Reid, “certainly one of which, Trey Smith can get some work, too. After which Larry’s (Laurent Duvernay-Tardif) coming again, so that you add all of that in there. And (Andrew) Wylie, who’s had a pair years beginning underneath his belt, so we’re OK there. Nick Allegretti, likewise.”
Duvernay-Tardif has been reported absent throughout OTAs, however Reid mentioned he expects him again on Tuesday of subsequent week for the start of necessary minicamp. The “Canadian Physician” missed 2020 after opting out to battle COVID-19 on the entrance strains in his native Montreal.
Now he ought to arrive in Kansas Metropolis in a first-rate place to take his job again.
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