The Chiefs will be without Mike Danna in Week 5 against the Raiders.
The Kansas City Chiefs have designated rookie defensive end Mike Danna as officially out two days before the team is scheduled to host the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Danna first came up injured with a hamstring issue in Week 4 in the Chiefs’ win over the New England Patriots. He was unable to return to action in that game. From there, he’s missed Chiefs practice all this week so it’s not surprising to see him held out of his first game.
The Chiefs selected Danna at the end of the fifth round as the last of their scheduled picks in the 2020 draft. (They traded back into the draft’s seventh round to pick up Tulane cornerback Thakarius “BoPete” Keyes.) For such a loaded team attempting to defend their Super Bowl title, Danna faced a significant battle to even make the active roster, but he’s been a contributor to this defense from day one.
In three-plus games so far this year, Danna has 7 tackles and 1 sack on the stat sheet in rotational snaps. He has, in that time, proven an ability to set the edge, minimize mistakes, and reward coaches for opportunities given. His ceiling is unclear, but Danna brings a very high floor with him and should be a dependable contributor for the next few years.
As for the Chiefs without Danna, they are fortunately very deep at defensive end with Frank Clark and Alex Okafor or Tanoh Kpassagnon likely starting against the Raiders on Sunday. Taco Charlton and Demone Harris are also available to fill in and make up for snaps lost.