A key piece of the rebuilt Chiefs offensive line is set to return soon.
Kyle Long came out of retirement during this past offseason to sign with the Chiefs, after the injury-riddled offensive line was absolutely destroyed by Tampa Bay’s pass rush in Super Bowl LV. Patrick Mahomes had no time to throw, and was dealt blow after blow all evening long.
According to the NFL’s PUP list rules, Long returning to the club opens up a window in which he can practice. The Chiefs have three weeks to place him on the active roster, and if the team does not, he must be waived. If not, he must be placed back on the list for the rest of the season.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was recently asked about Long’s status.
“He’s another one that works like crazy,” said Reid. “We’re getting there, we’re getting close. He’s not in there not because of effort. He’s been working his tail off.”
It comes at a crucial time for Kansas City, as 11 teams in the AFC are at or above .500 halfway through the season.
Every game matters, and having a key piece of the offensive line back will definitely help.