The Kansas City Chiefs will finally have the services of offensive lineman Parker Ehinger, who returns in Week 5 after missing time with a torn ACL.
Parker Ehinger is returning at just the right time.
Given the current state of the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line, reinforcement are a welcome addition from pretty much anyone. The Chiefs are not only missing their starting center Mitch Morse for the last couple weeks but now they’re also going without Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, their starting right guard, for the second consecutive week. The Chiefs have hopes for both players to return in the near future, but they won’t be available on Sunday night against the Houston Texans.
Fortunately, Ehinger is back. The former fourth round pick settled into the starting left guard spot immediately in training camp as a rookie last year and only gave it up when he was injured. Unfortunately the injury was a torn ACL that required significant rehab, one that took him out for the end of last season and the first quarter of this one as well.
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Head coach Andy Reid said on Friday that Ehinger had been rotating in during practice with other linemen this week, so perhaps that’s the role he will play here as he gets back into game shape. The Chiefs are already testing their depth just with their starting five alone, using Jordan Devey at right guard. Swing tackle Cam Erving just came over before the season started in a trade, so he has exactly one month in the playbook.
Ehinger gives the Chiefs some experience and versatility and much needed depth at a key point in the season. Here’s hoping it’s enough to get them through another victory and tough front seven against the Houston Texans.