Already playing without suspended starting CB Bashaud Breeland and an injured CB Charvarius Ward, the Kansas City Chiefs were dealt a potentially significant blow to their secondary on Wednesday morning.
According to Kansas City Star beat writer Sam McDowell, at least one source has confirmed that rookie CB L’Jarius Sneed suffered a broken collarbone during Monday night’s game versus the Baltimore Ravens.
Chiefs rookie L'Jarius Sneed suffered a broken collarbone Monday against the Ravens, a source tells me.
— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) September 30, 2020
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L’Jarius Sneed’s Recovery Timetable
During his press conference on Wednesday, Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid confirmed the injury and that Sneed’s injury would require surgery.
“Sneed is going to have his clavicle fixed,” said Reid. “It was fractured, so we’ll just see how that works for him as far as the time away and all.”
Later in the day, Kansas City announced that the rookie cornerback had been placed on the injured reserve list, which guarantees he’ll miss at least three weeks of action. Taking Sneed’s spot on the active roster will be LB Darius Harris, who was called up from the practice squad in a corresponding move.
We have placed CB L’Jarius Sneed on IR and elevated LB Darius Harris from the practice squad to the active roster. pic.twitter.com/NZzWJX879j
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 30, 2020
A full recovery timetable is not immediately known, leaving the door open for a potential return this season for Sneed. However, broken clavicles can typically time to heal, often spanning between 6-12 weeks for full recovery in older kids and adults.
Sneed Has Been Impressive Through Week 3
The Chiefs’ fourth-round pick (No. 138 overall) in April, Sneed has put on a strong showing through the season’s first three weeks, including an NFL-leading two interceptions through Week 2. The 23-year-old has also chipped in 11 total tackles and three pass breakups through his first three professional starts.
Chiefs rookie L'Jarius Sneed suffered a broken collarbone Monday against the Ravens, per @SamMcDowell11
Snead has allowed a 26.6 passer rating on throws into his coverage (2nd best) pic.twitter.com/UxNTJgNmNo
— PFF (@PFF) September 30, 2020
As Kansas City prepares to face off with the new-look New England Patriots this Sunday, the defending Super Bowl champions may be forced to lean on Ward and Rashad Fenton even harder. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has also rotated his safties, including Daniel Sorensen and offseason addition Tedric Thompson, in for additional snaps to accommodate the ailing secondary.
Fortunately, Breeland, who started 15-of-16 games for the Chiefs in 2019, is one week away from returning to the team as he finishes out a four-game suspension to start the season.