Tyreek Hill injury update: Chiefs star will avoid injured reserve

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

The latest report on Tyreek Hill’s health states that the Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver will avoid being placed on injured reserve, which means he could return soon.

The Kansas City Chiefs are likely breathing just a bit easier on Monday with the news that star wide receiver Tyreek Hill will avoid being placed on injured reserve despite being hospitalized after the team’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.

Hill suffered a sternoclavicular joint injury, per the team’s trainer Rick Burholder, on Sunday and was immediately taken out of the game. Hill left to the locker room on a cart and it was reported after the game that he was going to miss several weeks with IR placement being a possibility.

If Hill had been placed on injured reserve, the Chiefs would not have been able to reactivate him, even if healthy, until eight weeks had passed. This means that the Chiefs are expecting Hill to be ready before Week 9, which is good news because the schedule gets significantly tougher on the back end. Hopefully this means Hill will miss considerably less time and that the team’s offense can get back to full strength.

The frustrating part of having Hill not going on injured reserve is that the Chiefs must keep him on the active roster while he’s out. It’s a wasted spot for at least the next few games, which means the Chiefs will be a man short, so to speak, but a player with Hill’s talent is worth any such inconvenience in order to bring him back sooner than later.

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Hill just recently signed a three-year extension to keep him in K.C. through the 2022 season.