The Kansas City Chiefs would have been without defensive anchor Chris Jones for the rest of the postseason after he tore his MCL against the Titans.
Chris Jones has unfortunately had a change of plans this offseason. Instead of getting to whatever offseason vacation or workouts he was previously planning before the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Tennessee Titans, Jones will now have to undergo several weeks of rehab in order to return to form from an MCL tear he reportedly suffered in the team’s postseason loss on Saturday.
Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Jones will need 8 to 10 weeks to rehabilitate the torn MCL, which he suffered in the second half against the Titans. Jones clearly has a full offseason to work on such things, which means that the defensive lineman should really have no problem being back in game-ready shape whenever it matters most and could even be available for offseason training activities with plenty of time to spare, if it comes down to it.
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Jones was coming on strong over the last several weeks as he’d clearly mastered a learning curve in his sophomore season. Jones also came on strong as a rookie lineman in 2016 and came into 2017 with serious expectations to make a leap to the next level (read: Pro Bowl level) for the Chiefs. His emergence was also a big part of the Chiefs deciding to move on from Dontari Poe (along with the signing of Bennie Logan). However it took a bit of time for Jones to find his footing in his second season.
In recent weeks, however, Jones had truly come alive with sacks in three of the last four games of the regular season. He was regularly creating a push for opposing quarterbacks, helping to disrupt timing on passing plays or taking down the quarterback entirely in the process. On the season, he had 32 total tackles, 6.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.
His absence was felt immediately on the field, so here’s hoping Jones can return without any lingering issues.