Thursday did not start well for fans of the Kansas City Chiefs, with news breaking that potential starting right-back Kyle Long could be out until Week 1 with a “lower leg” injury. It would cover mandatory minicamp next week through the month of August.
I did everything I could to prepare for getting back to football. Zero sorry. I’ve gotten better every day and have had so much fun with my new team. Focuses on controlling the things I can control. Yesterday was not one of those things! Thank you for your good wishes.
– Kyle (@ Ky1eLong) June 10, 2021
“I did everything I could to prepare for returning to football,” Long wrote, referring to his retirement and returning from retirement. Zero sorry. I’ve gotten better every day and have had so much fun with my new team. Focuses on controlling the things I can control. Yesterday was not one of those things! Thank you for your good wishes. ”
A few hours later, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid took the virtual podium for media accessibility following the team’s ninth organized team activity (OTA) practice.
“They will look at it and determine it,” Reid said of the injury. “There’s a chance he’s going to have surgery on it, but we’ll see where it is.”
Since the evaluation is still ongoing, it is difficult to know when Long will be available to practice again. If he is actually operated on, it would obviously require leg rehabilitation before training – when Long could probably lose strength back – which promotes the unknown.
He could thus be a candidate to start the season on the physically-unable to perform (PUP) list, which would save the Chiefs an initial 53-man list, but means Long would be out for the first six games.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs have to figure out who will be their starting right guard – where Long was considered a favorite.
“We’m lucky we have some good players in there,” said Reid, one of whom, Trey Smith, can also get some work done. And then Larry (Laurent Duvernay-Tardif) comes back, so you add all that in there. And (Andrew) Wylie, who has started a few years behind his belt, so we’re fine. Nick Allegretti, too. ”
Duvernay-Tardif has been reported absent during OTA, but Reid said he expects him back Tuesday next week for the start of mandatory minicamp. The “Canadian doctor” missed 2020 after choosing to fight COVID-19 in the front line of his home country of Montreal.
Now he had to arrive in Kansas City in a leading position to take his job back.
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