For the first time in a few weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs are at least potentially considering the prospect of someone other than Andrew Wylie suiting up at right tackle. That’s because Lucas Niang was back in practice on Wednesday for the Chiefs along with Kyle Long, who is now a member of the active roster.
The Chiefs have been without Niang since he left during the team’s win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 9 with a rib injury. From there, the Chiefs went without him at right tackle for each of the next two weeks and then last week was the team’s bye. In his absence, the team would normally go with Mike Remmers, but even he’s on injured reserve right now with a knee injury that’s kept him out even longer.
Long is a potential aid there and it will be interesting to see what the Chiefs make of his position on the depth chart now that he’s back on the active roster. Long has been practicing with the team the last couple of weeks after being activated off of the Physically Unable to Play list but he is now active again, which means the team will slot him somewhere official. Will that be a starting spot? A primary backup role? It’s hard to tell.
The Chiefs welcomed Lucas Niang back to practice.
Even though both players are practicing, however, doesn’t mean the Chiefs are out of the woods at the position. Remmers is still out and the other two might still be limited. Depending on how practice sessions go this week, the Chiefs might end up with Andrew Wylie out there for another game or more, beginning with the Denver Broncos in Week 13.
Either way, the Chiefs at least have more candidates at the spot than they’ve had in weeks, which bodes well for the future and perhaps even the present.