Andy Reid Shares Promising Lucas Niang Injury Update
The Kansas City Chiefs began Phase 1 of their offseason workout program on Monday and head coach Andy Reid took the time to share a few injury updates. The good news is that offensive lineman Lucas Niang has been progressing well in his rehab after suffering a knee injury back in January.
Lucas Niang Injury Update
Niang originally went down against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17 with what was diagnosed as a torn patellar tendon. The expectation was that the second-year pro wouldn't be ready for the start of the 2022 season, but Reid has been adamant that he isn't ready to make that statement quite yet.
All things considered, this update could've included much worse news about Niang's status. The 23-year-old appeared in 12 games last season (9 starts) and gave up only 2 sacks, according to ProFootballFocus. He also allowed drew just 3 penalties across a total of 524 snaps.
The biggest thing to keep an eye on here is the Chiefs' lack of depth at the right tackle position. Andrew Wylie would likely be the one forced into a bigger role if Niang is not ready to go by Week 1. If that's the case, Kansas City would suddenly have no veteran backups available on the sidelines.
More updates should be released in the coming weeks as workouts continue to go on. The Chiefs will soon shift focus to their whopping 12 picks in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. That includes a pair of first-round selections in which the front office should use to improve the roster as a whole.
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