St. Joseph Post
KANSAS CITY (AP) - The offensive line that the Kansas City Chiefs aggressively overhauled this offseason has taken a hit.
Veteran guard Kyle Long suffered a knee injury during voluntary workouts this week that could require surgery and keep him out of training camp.
"A chance he has to have surgery on it, but we’ll see where it’s at,” coach Andy Reid said Thursday.
The 32-year-old Long came out of a one-year retirement designed largely to get him healthy, and signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs, who completely recast their offensive line after it was decimated by injuries and opt-outs last season.
Long failed to make it through three weeks of workouts before another injury sidelined him.
"I did everything I could to prepare to get back for football," Long said in a tweet. "Zero regrets. I’ve been getting better everyday and having so much fun with my new team. Focusing on controlling the things I can control. Yesterday was not one of those things! Thanks for the well wishes."
Drafted 20th overall by the Bears in 2013, Long missed just one game over his first three seasons, and was selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls. He appeared in just 30 regular-season contests over his last four years with Chicago due to a variety of injuries.
Long had been playing as the starting right guard during Chiefs workouts this spring.