KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three Chiefs players who were injured during the team’s season-opening 34-20 win against the Houston Texans last week remain sidelined. All three are contributors on defense.
Ward, a starting cornerback for the Chiefs, broke a bone in his left hand during the win against the Texans, but he hasn’t been ruled for Week 2.
Saunders, a second-year defensive tackle, suffered a dislocated elbow against Houston, but NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport said there were no broken bones and surgery won’t be required.
Still, he’s expected to be out for a month, according to Rapoport, though Reid did not confirm a timeline for Saunders’ possible return.
#Chiefs DT Khalen Saunders, who left their opener early after a dislocated elbow, is expected to be out about a month, source said. There were no fractures and he does not need surgery. Considering the injury, Saunders was pretty fortunate.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2020
Saunders is listed as Derrick Nnadi's only backup at defensive tackle, while undrafted rookie Tershawn Wharton from Missouri S&T is the only other backup defensive tackle currently listed on the Chiefs' active roster.
Finally, Okafor, whose contract was restructured in August, suffered a hamstring injury. He missed the end of last season, including the playoffs, with a torn pectoral muscle.
The Chiefs are scheduled to play at the Los Angeles Chargers at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, the team’s first visit to SoFi Stadium.