Chiefs Rumors: Kyle Long Injury is an Ominous Sign for 2021 Season

Larry Rupp
An injury suffered by Kansas City Chiefs guard Kyle Long is an ominous sign for his 2021 season.
An injury suffered by Kansas City Chiefs guard Kyle Long is an ominous sign for his 2021 season. / Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs offensive line will look a lot different next season after the team made a few moves in the offseason, including signing Kyle Long. However, the veteran guard recently suffered a leg injury that could keep him out for the rest of the offseason.

Kyle Long Injury

Fortunately, the injury is not as severe as first expected and Long could return to the field just before the season kicks off in September. This is still a major development given the team's lack of depth at the position, though. Long was projected to compete for a starting spot in training camp.

Long was attempting a comeback after retiring for a year due to a string of injuries. He has spent all seven of his NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears, but has played in just 12 games since the start of 2018. The 32-year-old remains a reliable pass protector and has drawn just six penalties in his last 22 games played.

It is tough to see a player with a prolonged injury history get hit with one that may end up lingering throughout the year. If Long ends up missing any time in the regular season, veteran guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is expected to be the one to take his place.

It'll be interesting to see if the Chiefs can overcome their offensive line changes and keep up their recent dominance in the NFL. Kansas city heads into the fall with the best odds to win the Super Bowl set at +500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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