At least for the remainder of Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs will be without a key member of their explosive offense. Starting guard Kelechi Osemele went down with an apparent right knee injury during the opening drive at Arrowhead Stadium. Offensive lineman Mike Remmers stepped in to replace him.
Per The Athletic’s Nate Taylor, the no-contact sprain occurred as the 31-year-old was attempting a downfield block.
This is a huge blow to the Chiefs’ offense, who reporter Matt McMullen says was Kansas City’s top-graded offensive player Saturday night, per Pro Football Focus. Even better, It was also his top grade since the 2017 season.
In spite of that devastating injury, Osemele appeared to be in good spirits, actively encouraging his before heading to the locker room. Per Taylor, the former New York Jet was seen fist-bumping his colleagues.
Shortly after quarterback Patrick Mahomes helped extend the lead 21-10 in the middle of the second quarter, Osemele continued the support via his personal Twitter.
We’ll be sure to update once the Chiefs reveal his timetable for return.