The Kansas City Chiefs are resting as many of their starters as they can in a game that's meaningless in the standings against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 18, but several important players still have to take the field to get through the regular season schedule. Unfortunately, they've suffered multiple injuries up front in the first half against the Bolts at SoFi Stadium.
Starting left tackle Wanya Morris was being evaluated for a potential head injury after being taken out of the game shortly before halftime. Update: Morris has been downgraded to out for the rest of the game.
With Morris out of the game, Lucas Niang came into the game to play right tackle while Jawaan Taylor shifted from starting on the right side to the left. Unfortunately, shortly after that, Taylor himself went down with a leg injury after taking over on the left side.
The Chiefs are very thin at tackle with Morris and Taylor potentially injured and Prince Tega Wanogho also on injured reserve. Donovan Smith, who started the year as the team's left tackle, is inactive and has been sitting due to injury for weeks.
Joe Thuney has now entered the game at left tackle to take over for Taylor while Niang remains on the right side.
The Chiefs selected Morris in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma after trading up to get him as part of their rookie class. Morris making his fifth consecutive start for the Chiefs in Week 18.