Kansas City Chiefs left guard Andrew Wylie says he will “absolutely” be ready to play when it’s ready to suit up in the divisional round of the playoffs.
In case you were curious how much a bye week really helps, just ask Andrew Wylie.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been without their starting left guard for each of the last two games of the regular season against the Chicago Bears and L.A. Chargers with an ankle injury. While the Chiefs are blessed to have Stefen Wisniewski as a reliable backup, Wylie is the starter for a reason and if K.C. was forced to suit up in this weekend’s Wild Card round, Wylie might be out once again.
But for the Divisional round, there’s no question for Wylie. Per Fred Kelly of the Midland Daily News, Wylie says, “”I’ll be good for the playoffs.”
"“It’s good. … It’s getting better. The first-round bye definitely helps. It’s getting there,” Wylie said."
Wylie is in the midst of two injured stretches this year, the first coming between Weeks 6-8 of the year, in his second year as the Chiefs starter. Wylie joined the Chiefs’ practice squad at the end of the 2017 season and then signed a reserve/futures contract to join the Chiefs for the 2018 offseason.
During that stint, he turned enough heads of the coaching staff to earn a real shot at the starting left guard job, which has been a bit of a carousel under Andy Reid, and he’s not looked back since then. Wylie was even named the team’s Mack Lee Hill Award winner for 2018 as the team’s best rookie performer.
Wylie, who is still only 25, started in 11 games total this season.