Deandre Baker had successful surgery on his broken femur, per Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
Just one day after breaking his femur on the field at Arrowhead Stadium in his debut on the Kansas City Chiefs defense, Deandre Baker has had successful surgery to repair a break that head coach Andy Reid stated was a “clean break” in his description to reporters on Monday.
The Chiefs watched Baker go down with the grisly injury after watching the young cornerback show off strong coverage skills and good tackling ability on a quarterback blitz of Justin Herbert. Unfortunately, after waiting several weeks to see what Baker could look like in the secondary, the attention then turned to Baker’s ability to rehab a serious injury in order to even compete for a roster spot.
Fortunately the first step has been completed with the successful surgery and now Baker will look to the Chiefs training staff to help him gain back the strength to be able to work out and look forward to a return in 2021.
The Chiefs brought in Baker at midseason with an unexpected free agent signing after he’d been released by the New York Giants and spurned from returning to the team. Baker had been tossed aside by the team that drafted him after he’d been accused of armed robbery at a private party in South Florida this offseason, although the former Georgia star maintained his innocence the entire time. Eventually an investigation proved Baker right, and his accusers were soon charged with extortion.
After signing Baker, the Chiefs made it clear that it would be a slow journey back for Baker by placing him on the practice squad and keeping him there for several weeks. The Chiefs eventually began to elevate him to the active roster on game day and gave him a few reps on special teams in Week 16. Then on Sunday, he found his way onto the field until his injury.
Baker started 15 games for the Giants in 2019 after being the first corner drafted overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.