Update: Donovan Smith is back in with the Chiefs offense so clearly the injury was a short-term issue. More details to come post-game.
The Kansas City Chiefs came into Week 12 already down a few important offensive contributors, and they lost another starter early in the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday afternoon when left tackle Donovan Smith went down with an injury.
In Smith's place, the Chiefs have brought in rookie Wanya Morris at left tackle.
Smith was a one-year signing for the Chiefs back in early May after the Chiefs came out of the draft without a first-day tackle. Smith teamed with fellow free agent Jawaan Taylor to give the Chiefs two new starting offensive tackles after the team decided to move on from both Orlando Brown Jr. (who left for the Cincinnati Bengals) and Andrew Wylie (who departed for the Washington Commanders in free agency).
Smith has started all 10 regular season games for the Chiefs so far this year, so his loss is going to be significant up front until he's back. The good news is that Morris was a promising third-round rookie out of Oklahoma, and this will give the Chiefs an opportunity to evaluate his progress in real time.
Smith was a former second-round selection for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in the 2015 NFL Draft. This is his first season playing for another team away from the Bucs after making 124 starts for the franchise over 8 seasons.