Thursday didn’t start well for Kansas City Chiefs fans, with news that potential starting right keeper Kyle Long could be out until Week 1 with a “lower leg” injury. This would cover the mandatory minicamp next week until August.
I have done all I can to prepare to come back to football. Zero regret. I’m improving everyday and having a lot of fun with my new team. Focus on controlling the things I can control. Yesterday was not one of those things! Thanks for the good wishes.
– Kyle (@ Ky1eLong) June 10, 2021
“I have done all I can to prepare to come back to football,” Long wrote, referring to his gap year and coming back from retirement. “Zero regret. I’m improving everyday and having a lot of fun with my new team. Focus on controlling the things I can control. Yesterday was not one of those things! Thanks for the good wishes. “
Hours later, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid stepped onto the virtual podium for media availability following the team’s ninth Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice.
“They’re going to look at it and figure it out,” Reid said of the injury. “There’s a chance he’ll have an operation, but we’ll see, see where he is.”
With the assessment still ongoing, it’s unclear when Long will be available for practice again. If he does undergo surgery, that would obviously require pre-workout leg re-education – when Long could presumably regain lost strength – favoring the unknown.
So he could be a candidate to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) roster, which would save the Chiefs a top spot on the 53-man roster, but mean Long would be out for all six. first matches.
In the meantime, the Chiefs must determine who will be their starting right guard – where Long was considered a favorite.
“We’re lucky to have some good players in there,” said Reid, “one of whom, Trey Smith, can also work. And then the return of Larry (Laurent Duvernay-Tardif), so you add all that in there. And (Andrew) Wylie, who started a few years ago under his belt, so everything is going well there. Nick Allegretti, likewise.
Duvernay-Tardif has been reported absent during the OTAs, but Reid has said he awaits his return on Tuesday of next week for the start of the mandatory minicamp. The “Canadian doctor” missed 2020 after choosing not to fight COVID-19 on the front lines in his native Montreal.
Now he should arrive in Kansas City in a prime position to resume his job.
Who starts right for the Chiefs in week 1?
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