The Chiefs got the sting of the injury bug on Monday as left offensive tackle Damion McIntosh was injured at their afternoon practice; he had to be taken from the field on a motorized cart with what has been determined to be a knee sprain. Chiefs head coach attempted to put the mishap in a positive light, telling Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, “We’ll talk about what we’re going to do short-term and long-term. Remember last year and what happened to us on opening day? We found a way to keep playing.”
I would suspect that Edwards will have to scramble a little bit to find some replacements for McIntosh; currently they are Kyle Turley and Will Svitek. Turley, as Chiefs fans know, is a known commodity in the league. At one time he was one of the top offensive tackles in the league before back injuries set him back, missing two seasons as a result. He has been filling in for Chris Terry at right offensive tackle as Terry is sidelined with a minor shoulder injury. Svitek, on the other hand, is rather inexperienced; he has played only one game at tackle and was a defensive lineman in college.
Hopefully for the Chiefs’ sake, McIntosh’s injury is not very serious in nature as he is one of the few indispensable offensive linemen on the team. As it is, running back Larry Johnson is holding out which makes things for the Chiefs running game precarious at best even if RB Priest Holmes is participating in team practices. Holmes himself recovered from a serious injury so he has some catching up to do. Essentially, the running backs in camp will probably have to readjust to the revamped offensive line.