Surprise L'Jarius Sneed Injury Now Threatens Chiefs Trade

A new report suggests Kansas City Chiefs CB L'Jarius Sneed is dealing with an injury that could complicate any offseason trade.
Sep 24, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (38) kneels
Sep 24, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (38) kneels / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The trade saga involving the Kansas City Chiefs and star cornerback L'Jarius Sneed continues on with free agency right around the corner. We've heard no shortage of rumors involving Sneed's next potential destination after talks between him and KC broke down, but there's been no major movement yet.

Now it turns out, a health concern may be impacting this situation.

Tony Pauline of SportsKeeda reports "numerous sources" have informed him about a knee injury that plagued Sneed throughout the 2023 season. This intel revealed the ailment "prevented him from practicing for long stretches" during the past campaign, and is now a "red flag" prospective teams will need to investigate before any deal is made.

This development certainly could throw a wrench in Sneed finding a new home on a lucrative contract. Teams aren't going to give up legitimate draft assets, and/or pay Sneed handsomely on his next deal, if there's a legitimate concern about his health.

Of course, all it takes is medical clearance for any worries to go away. Sneed didn't seem to be particularly impacted by whatever injury he may have in 2023, too, as he set a personal best with 14 passes defended while adding two interceptions.

Sneed's performance since entering the league, and especially during the team's back-to-back Super Bowl wins, still gives him incredible value even if he's partially injured at the moment. The Chiefs could certainly use his resume (along with confirmation the injury isn't going to impact him long-term) to still receive a nice haul in return for the former fourth-rounder.

Sneed's injury status now requires close monitoring in addition to his contract situation with the start of free agency just over a week away.

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