It's unfortunate that the one player on the Kansas City Chiefs roster with the greatest boom-or-bust potential, wide receiver Kadarius Toney, is someone who has pointed toward the "bust" side due entirely to his health.
Ever since his arrival in the National Football League, Toney has had an impossible time staying on the field, whether with the New York Giants (the team that drafted him at No. 20 overall in the first round back in 2021) or the Chiefs (the team that traded for him at the deadline in the midst of the '22 season).
Now that the Chiefs are hoping to jumpstart an offense that has completely fallen apart midway through the 2023 season, it's frustrating to see Toney unable to contribute at all.
Kadarius Toney's injury status for Week 12 game vs. Las Vegas Raiders
On Saturday, Toney was officially declared "out" for the Chiefs' scheduled game in Week 12 on the road against the Las Vegas Raiders. Instead of joining his teammates on the field at Allegiant Stadium, Toney found himself as a last-minute addition to the team's injury report with both ankle and hip concerns.
Given that the Chiefs have struggled to move the chains the last few games (and have the NFL's worst fourth-quarter offense overall), the loss of Toney does not help.
Kadarius Toney's injury history
Perhaps no player on the Chiefs roster has a greater injury history (or at least in this short of a span of time) as Kadarius Toney, and this includes his short tenure with the New York Giants. Even from the very beginning of his professional career, the Giants watched Toney miss most of his initial training camp with a hamstring injury.
From there, Toney would go on to play only 19 games through his first two NFL seasons. He missed 7 games and parts of others with ankle, oblique, and quad injuries during his rookie campaign. Last year, a year divided between New York and Kansas City, a hamstring injury and further complications robbed him of another eight games (and offseason knee surgery only added further health concerns).
This season, Toney has played in 10 games and has stayed relatively healthy but the Chiefs have also treated him with kid gloves and have barely called his name on the offensive side despite his considerable upside.
When is Kadarius Toney coming back?
It's uncertain when Toney is coming back considering that his injury itself was a surprise. The fact that it crept up at the last second could be considered a short-term thing, except a hip injury (like a pointer) could be something that lasts for quite a while. Given Toney's injury history, the Chiefs are going to play it safe and make sure not to press him to return to the field.
Who are the Chiefs next five opponents?
- Green Bay Packers - Sunday, Dec. 3
- Buffalo Bills - Sunday, Dec. 10
- New England Patriots - Monday, Dec. 18
- Las Vegas Raiders - Monday, Dec. 25
- Cincinnati Bengals - Sunday, Dec. 31
Kansas City Chiefs injury report
The Chiefs had three players with official injury designations, including Toney.
- Mecole Hardman, wide receiver - OUT
- Jerick McKinnon, running back - OUT
- Kadarius Toney, wide receiver - OUT
Las Vegas Raiders injury report
There are five Raiders players with official injury designations this week and a total of eight on the injury report. Here are the five that matter:
- Maxx Crosby, defensive end - DOUBTFUL
- Marcus Epps, safety - QUESTIONABLE
- Kolton Miller, offensive tackle– QUESTIONABLE
- Robert Spillane, linebacker– QUESTIONABLE
- Roderic Teamer, safety – QUESTIONABLE
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