Chiefs Get Concerning Injury News After First Conference Championship Round Practice

Joe Thuney is reportedly unlikely to play against the Ravens in the AFC title game
Joe Thuney is reportedly unlikely to play against the Ravens in the AFC title game / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Reid spoke to the media Wednesday and gave injury updates on several key players, noting that Joe Thuney, Mike Edwards, Skyy Moore, Isiah Pacheco and Trey Smith all did not practice.

The most concerning development here is Thuney's update, as ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Thuney is unlikely to play against the Ravens in the AFC Championship game Sunday afternoon.

That would put fifth-year former seventh-round pick Nick Allegretti into the starting lineup. He's a capable backup, though doesn't provide near the same level of excellence that Thuney does.

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Thuney has long been the NFL's best guard, providing Patrick Mahomes protection for multiple years here in Kansas City.

Allegretti has been with the organization long enough to know the system, but it's impossible and unfair to expect the same level of production.

I'd expect Smith and Pacheco to play for sure. We'll have to see if Edwards can make it out of concussion protocol and we don't have a real update on Moore's status.

With the Chiefs facing an uphill battle as underdogs already, this is a huge development for Kansas City's chances to return to the Super Bowl. It's worth noting that Allegretti performed admirably after Thuney's injury against the Bills, though it's a different situation entirely to start against one of the NFL's most ferocious defenses.

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