Mitch Morse injury update: Chiefs center skips practice with foot sprain

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Center Mitch Morse
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Center Mitch Morse /

The Kansas City Chiefs practiced on Wednesday without a few key players, including Mitch Morse who is out once again with a foot sprain.

Mitch Morse once had to sit out several weeks early this season due to a foot sprain. Originally suffered in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Kansas City Chiefs starting center not only left that game but was forced to sit out every game until Week 8. Now he might have to miss even more time due to the same injury after being hurt in Week 13 against the New York Jets.

Morse was forced to sit out Wednesday’s practice as he tries to heal up from the injury suffered on Sunday. Others sitting out include outside linebacker Dee Ford, who is dealing with an ongoing back injury, defensive end Allen Bailey and safety Eric Murray.

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Morse is arguably the very best Chiefs offensive lineman, an anchor in the middle so athletic that he’s bound to make a Pro Bowl soon enough. Injuries have unfortunately derailed his promising early season performance, and the descent of Kareem Hunt’s stats doesn’t help shine a spotlight on any lineman for that matter.

Morse was the team’s second round choice out of Missouri in the 2015 NFL Draft, a versatile lineman who the Chiefs decided to draft and place in the middle from the outset. The plan worked because Morse has been an instant hit in the role since he first arrived in Kansas City.

If the Chiefs can’t employ Morse as their starting center against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, then Zach Fulton is likely to take his place. Fulton has held down the center position before and offers versatility as a lineman.