The Kansas City Chiefs had some injury concerns earlier this summer regarding their offensive line, but the latest update on that unit is quite encouraging.
Chiefs general manager Brett Veach told reporters that he’s optimistic that offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will be ready for the season opener. Duvernay-Tardif suffered a broken bone in his hand during training camp.
Beach also said that he expects center Austin Blythe to be ready for Week 1. He recently underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Some fans were concerned that Duvernay-Tardif and Blythe would end up on injured reserve. Fortunately, that didn’t happen because they’re both trending in the right direction.
“Yeah I think these guys are going to be good for Week 1,” Veach told reporters, via Chiefs Wire. “This short-term IR is at least three weeks…I would anticipate both these guys getting out there and practicing this week. Maybe not much so Blythe, but I think Blythe may be only a week away.”
Chiefs GM Brett Veach is optimistic that Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (hand) will be ready to return to practice before season opener. Veach also said he anticipates Austin Blythe, who recently underwent a sports hernia procedure, will be ready for Week 1.
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The Chiefs’ offensive line was one of their weakness in 2020, especially during the Super Bowl against the Buccaneers.
Veach did an excellent job of adding talent to that position group for the 2021 season, acquiring Orlando Brown Jr., Creed Humphrey and Joe Thuney.
We’ll find out if this new-look offensive line can keep Patrick Mahomes clean next Sunday.
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