Chiefs news: Isiah Pacheco has second shoulder surgery in a year

Andy Reid said the Chiefs running back had a clean-up surgery on his shoulder.

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The Kansas City Chiefs still aren't quite ready to see Isiah Pacheco return to the field, but there is a timeline of sooner than later for the team's lead running back to return. He just needs some time to heal from surgery first.

Earlier this week, Pacheco had shoulder surgery to clean up "floaters in there", per head coach Andy Reid at a press conference on Friday. Therefore, Reid said, Pacheco would need to sit out another week with the shoulder injury but that he could expect him back in a week.

The fact that the Chiefs have avoided injured reserve for Pacheco is a confirmation of Reid's timeline, considering they could have saved the roster spot and given Pacheco real time to heal if he needed it. That said, the Chiefs have been wrong on these sorts of projections before.

Andy Reid said the Chiefs running back had a clean-up surgery on his shoulder.

Pacheco is a major key to the #Chiefs offense at this point with his growth and maturation in his second season as the team's primary back. The lack of playmakers at wide receivers has also created an outsized emphasis on Pacheco and tight end Travis Kelce this year.

Without Pachec, the Chiefs are expected to lead with Clyde Edwards-Helaire for another week at the position with Jerick McKinnon settling back into his No. 2 back role now that he's also recently returned from a groin injury that kept him out of some games.

So far in 2013, Pacheco has 176 catches for 779 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns. He's also added another 209 yards on 33 catches for the Chiefs offense this season. He has 988 yards from scrimmage on the season.

Pacheco was originally one of the team's three picks in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft.