The Chiefs’ offensive line could feature two new starters on Sunday against the Houston Texans.
That’s because the starter at left guard, rookie Parker Ehinger, sustained a concussion in Wednesday’s practice, while the starting right guard, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, missed practice because of a high ankle sprain.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid spoke to reporters before Wednesday’s practice, so the earliest he’ll comment on Ehinger’s injury is his next scheduled news conference Friday. But Reid did address Duvernay-Tardif’s injury before practice.
“We’ll just have to see exactly how bad that is,” Reid said. “He’s feeling a lot better today than he did yesterday.”
High ankle sprains have a tendency to linger, however, and Reid said third-year pro Zach Fulton — not tackle Jah Reid, who played guard in the playoffs — would be the next man up at right guard.
That could change, however, especially if Ehinger does not pass concussion protocol before Sunday’s game. Fulton has consistently been the backup at left guard, while Reid has a deeper history (with the Chiefs, at least) at right guard.
Both Ehinger and Duvernay-Tardif played all 73 offensive snaps in the Chiefs’ 33-27 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Bryan Witzmann, a swing tackle who was claimed off waivers before the season, is the only other offensive lineman on the 53-man roster.
The Chiefs do feature two linemen on the practice squad in Jordan Devey, 28, and Jarrod Pughsley, 25. Devey can play guard and center while Pughsley can play tackle and guard.