Chiefs injury report: Ukeme Eligwe, Charcandrick West remain out of practice
By Matt Conner
The Kansas City Chiefs are dealing with several lingering injuries for players, including linebackers Ukeme Eligwe and Reggie Ragland.
Training camp has already been tough on a number of teams in terms of the severity of injuries to some star players around the NFL.
While the Kansas City Chiefs have been relatively lucky on that front, they are dealing with a number of lingering injuries for players forcing them to miss several days of practice. Here’s a rundown of the players who are sitting out of training camp practice on Wednesday.
Charcandrick West is one such player, a now-veteran running back hoping to once again stave off competition for his scatback role. The Chiefs brought in Damien Williams as his primary competition, and it’s not helping that West is sitting due to a concussion suffered recently in practice on Saturday. West also suffered a concussion midseason last year, so trainers and player both should be extra cautious about moving forward.
Keith Reaser is a cornerback hoping to make waves with the team as he secures a depth role in a thin secondary. Unfortunately a quad injury crept up on Sunday and he’s been out ever since. Reaser has been praised by Brett Veach this offseason so it’s clear he’s got a headstart on the competition for one of the last cornerback spots on the roster, but training camp is the time where the depth chart can change quickly.
Ukeme Eligwe has now sat out multiple days with a foot injury, although it’s uncertain how severe it is. Eligwe started Week 17 for the Chiefs against the Denver Broncos as they rested their starters, and he’s also lined up with the starters as Reggie Ragland has sat out. It’s clear he’s viewed as an immediate sub although he’s fighting Terrance Smith, Ray Davison, Ben Niemann and Dorian O’Daniel for those reps as well.
Reggie Ragland continues to sit with a swollen knee that simply won’t go away. The team recently signed Otha Peters to join the roster after releasing Ashton Lampkin to give them more linebacker depth as they deal with these injuries in camp. It will be curious to see if Ragladn and/or Eligwe are forced to miss the team’s first preseason game.
The other Chiefs player who is sitting out today is offensive lineman Dillon Gordon, a former LSU lineman who landed with the Chiefs last winter. No details were known about the reason for Gordon’s absence from practice.