Marcus Kemp injury update: Chiefs wide receiver scheduled for MRI
By Matt Conner
The Kansas City Chiefs saw Marcus Kemp leave with an injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 of the preseason and they’re waiting to hear the severity.
The Kansas City Chiefs saw wide receiver Marcus Kemp, one of their most promising offensive players in the process of breaking out, go down due to a knee injury on Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 17-7 loss.
Marcus Kemp has been a standout in Chiefs training camp as a big target who brings something new to the offense with his size, agility, and catch radius. In fact, it looked as if Kemp might have the inside lane on a spot on the active roster given his impressive work in camp day after day. Unfortunately those hopes of making the roster have likely been placed on hold.
Kemp left the game and was immediately seen by trainers who were worried about the severity of the injury. After the game, head coach Andy Reid said it was the most severe of all the injuries of the night and that they were terming it a knee sprain. However it was clear that was a temporary designation.
“Marcus Kemp, he probably looks like the most significant one here. Right now, we’re calling it a knee sprain but we’ll see when he has his MRI.”
There is a slight hope that Kemp could avoid a costly designation like a torn ACL or some other severe injury but it looks as if Kemp will be forced to miss significant time—perhaps even a full season. If so, that’s frustrating given the body of work he’s put together after showing strong in his growth as a wideout after developing on special teams for the last two seasons.
Kemp played in all 16 games last season for the Chiefs, primarily in a special teams role. He caught a single pass last season (among only 2 targets) for seven yards in 2018.