As for Kyle Long, he might be the a guy who will never play a regular season snap for the Chiefs or he could become a serious upgrade for the team in the second half of the season. It’s just impossible to tell at this point what will happen.
The Chiefs signed Long back in the preseason to a single-season deal after the longtime Chicago Bears lineman decided he was ready to unretire and give the NFL another try after watching his career sidelined by various injuries in recent seasons. The Las Vegas Raiders and Chiefs hosted him for visits, but he couldn’t leave K.C. without a deal.
While the Chiefs made other upgrades at right guard and right tackle (Long’s dominant spots), Long was always seen in the mix of competitors for one of those roles given his Pro Bowl history and extensive experience. If he could prove himself healthy and back in game shape, he brings a tough upside to the unit that could be very exciting.
Unfortunately for Long, he’s been unable to play all year due to a knee injury suffered in the preseason. The Chiefs placed him on the Physically Unable to Play list back in August, which meant they knew he’d be out for the first six games of the season. We’re now looking at Week 13 and the Chiefs still haven’t made things clear for him. They are, however, against a deadline.
Long has been practicing with the team which is a good sign, but now coaches must be honest about how game-ready he is. He’s going to cost an active roster spot if he’s activated, and no team wants to waste a spot on someone who is not available. If Long is kept on the active roster, it could be a sign that he’s ready to join the mix. Or it could also mean that the team is still hopeful for Long to make some impact down the stretch and they’re holding out that hope for as long as they possibly can.