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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Chiefs Injury Update: Derrick Johnson, Mike DeVito likely out for season


By on 9/07/2014 06:40:00 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs’ 2014 campaign got off to an inauspicious start on Sunday, as they were defeated 26-10 by the Tennessee Titans and have likely lost two defensive starters for the season:


Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com reports that linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito both suffered ruptured Achilles tendons during the game. The injury can take up to six months to recover from, meaning both players are unlikely to appear again this season.

Johnson was carted off in the second quarter and represents a huge loss for the Chiefs, as he was one of the leaders of an outstanding defense a year ago. DeVito’s absence will also have an impact, as the Chiefs don’t have much depth available at defensive end.

Kansas City’s rush defense will be severely tested moving forward without Johnson and DeVito. The  team now faces an uphill battle in a competitive AFC West division. 

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