Injuries Mount, Impact Offensive Line

In what is a troubling trend, the Kansas City Chiefs list of injured players is growing daily.  During today’s only practice, up to ten players were missing from action.  Four of those were along the offensive line which, as CBS Rapid Reports noted, made for some shifting for the big men on offense.

Chiefs sitting out Monday afternoon: QB Brodie Croyle, TE Tony Moeaki, TE Jake O’Connell, RB Kestahn Moore, FS Jon McGraw, OT Barry Richardson, OG Ryan Lilja, and OG Darryl Harris.

OLB Mike Vrabel missed the first 20 minutes of practice.  After he arrived at the field, he was sent to the rehab area, where he rode the stationary bike.  There was no visible physical problem with Vrabel.

The injured list grew by one more during the practice when RT Ryan O’Callaghan started cramping in his right calf and had to come to the sidelines.  That left the Chiefs with just 10 available offensive linemen.

With all the injuries, the No. 2 offensive line looked like this on Monday — LT Tyler Eastman, LG Ikechuku Ndukwe, C Lemuel Jeanpierre, RG Jon Asamoah and RT Colin Brown.  Only Ndukwe is an NFL veteran.  Brown is a first-year player, and the others are rookies.

C Rudy Niswanger worked at right guard where starter Ryan Lilja was out.  Before he was injured, RT Ryan O’Callaghan took snaps at right guard as well. Backup Colin Brown got work at both tackle and guard.

Not that Todd Haley has told us anything about the team’s injuries (he isn’t required), but no one appears to be overly serious besides Harris.  Even with each of the dinged offensive lineman likely available sooner rather than later, I have to imagine we will see a new player brought into camp.  Not only are you asking a lot of your lineman to keep playing musical chairs but a guy like Jon Asamoah is gutting out an injury even though he would be better suited to spend another day on the sidelines.

Adding a veteran that can swing between guard and tackle would go a long way to helping bridge this part of training camp with (hopefully) healthier times on the horizon.

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