Laurent Duvernay-Tardif injury update: Chiefs guard has sprained knee

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif /

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has a sprained knee and is day-to-day.

The Kansas City Chiefs will continue forward with a patchwork offensive line after learning that Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has been termed “day to day” with a sprained ankle, making it likely that he will miss Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.. Duvernay-Tardif went in for an MRI scan on Tuesday after suffering the injury on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins.

The loss of Duvernay-Tardif is a tough one to take. After signing a five-year extension this offseason, LDT has looked the part of as ascendant guard, a player finding his footing from just being a solid starter to learning how to use his incredible intelligence and athleticism to move to the next level. Unfortunately he’s got to overcome this latest injury to return to the field for what is hopefully his first ever Pro Bowl nod.

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In addition to the loss of Duvernay-Tardif, the Chiefs are also playing without their starting left guard from last year in Parker Ehinger and starting center Mitch Morse over the last two weeks. Ehinger has actually been out all season as he continues to rehabilitate a torn ACL, although his return to the field could even come in the next week. Morse’s timeline is still unknown after spraining his foot in Week 2. The Chiefs should expect both players to resume their roles in the coming few weeks, but no timeline has been given for either in recent days.

The Chiefs turned to Jordan Devey in the wake of LDT’s absence and that’s likely to continue unless Ehinger comes forward ready to play. At that point, the Chiefs have options to move Ehinger or Bryan Witzmann to the right side, depending on how they feel about Witzmann’s play and development on the left side.