With so little depth at cornerback, watching Charvarius Ward exit the KC Chiefs’ season opener against the Texans was not what fans wanted to see.
According to Ian Rapoport, Ward is going to have surgery and could wear a cast on it. He also noted that the Chiefs have extra time to get ready for their week 2 game against the Chargers due to the Chiefs opening the season on a Thursday night.
If Ward isn’t able to return right away, this could be problematic for the defending champs.
Cornerback is a thin position for the KC Chiefs as it is and now they’re without their starter.
Bashaud Breeland still has 3 games to serve on his suspension and now who knows how long Ward could be out for? Rapoport’s tweet above indicates that Ward could actually end up playing against the Chargers next week, which that would obviously be the best case scenario here.
If Ward is forced to miss time, however, that now pushes L’Jarius Sneed into the CB1 job and Rashad Fenton and Antonio Hamilton likely split time in the second spot. That would not be ideal for a team who knows opponents are going to try to air it out against them in order to keep up.
Hopefully Ward is good to go (and he tweeted that he would be), but if he can’t play these next few weeks, the Chiefs could run into a problem in the secondary. The Texans had opportunities to chuck the ball deep, but looked afraid to make big plays against the reigning champs’ defense for whatever reason.
Sneed played well in his NFL debut, but can he continue to hold things down in that second cornerback spot until Breeland returns? We obviously have no idea what the answer to that question is yet, but he did show why the Chiefs had so much faith in him heading into the 2020 season.
Charvarius Ward has been a nice story for the KC Chiefs since they traded for him for virtually nothing. Him staying healthy was very important, as he’s the best player in a very thin pool of talent at cornerback.
If Ward misses a few games, don’t be surprised when teams look to exploit the Chiefs cornerbacks and put up some gaudy passing numbers. Here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery for Ward and maybe we’ll even see him back next week!