OL - KC
Week 7 Outlook
Kansas City Chiefs OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif suffered a broken hand in practice and will be ruled out four to six weeks, per Ian Rapoport.
Duvernay-Tardif does have the chance to start Week 1. However, sixth-round rookie Trey Smith out of the University of Tennessee could earn the starting right guard position due to his size and vision. This would benefit running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in his second year with the Chiefs, as the running lanes promise to be significantly wider behind a retooled and improved offensive line.
Kansas City Chiefs starting RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who holds a doctorate in medicine, has officially decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season, and will instead continue working at a long-term care facility in Canada helping to fight COVID-19.
The news comes just hours after the NFL and NFLPA agreed on opt-out options for players who are high-risk and for players that want to voluntarily opt out for other reasons. While a courageous decision, it’s likely to be considered a voluntary opt-out, which will pay him $150,000 rather than the $2.75M he was slated to make this season. Duvernay-Tardif becomes the first player to officially opt out, and it remains to be seen if others around the league will join him in sitting out the 2020 NFL season.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is day-to-day with sprained knee
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif exited the game early in the first quarter Monday night with an apparent knee injury. Initially, it was believed that Duvernay-Tardif could be lost for the remainder of the season but thankfully this is not the case. This is great news for owners of Alex Smith, Kareem Hunt, and Tyreek Hill, as the offensive line has been ravaged by injury this year, and another loss could have been catastrophic for the Chiefs' offense.