The Kansas City Chiefs have just lost wide receiver Mecole Hardman. The versatile offensive weapon heads to injured reserve with an abdominal injury and wil this miss at least four games.
The Chiefs have largely struggled to replicate Tyreek Hill's production after trading him to the Miami Dolphins. Though their offense hasn't missed a beat, they've been forced to use multiple players to do what Hill did.
Those players have been JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney and Mecole Hardman. The former three will now be without Hardman, and Smith-Schuster may miss time with a concussion.
Mecole Hardman injury: What happened to Chiefs WR?
The wide receiver injured his abdomen prior to the win last week over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was out for the game and did not practice this week before the Chiefs decided to place him on injured reserve Thursday.
To make things worse, Hardman was coming off a very good game. He recorded six catches for 79 yards and a touchdown during the Week 9 matchup with the Tennessee Titans. He had also scored in the two weeks prior, but will now be unable to do so for a while.
How long will Mecole Hardman be out for?
While the wide receiver is entering the injured reserve fairly late in the season, he will more than likely not miss the entire rest of the year.
The NFL recently adjusted the length of time players have to be on injured reserve to four weeks. That means he will be out for those four weeks at minimum.
That means his earliest possible return date is Week 15 against the Houston Texans, though he may be out longer than that. Even if he missed last week's game, that is irrelevant to the amount of time he has to be on IR.
In his absence, the Chiefs wide receiver corps looks like this:
- JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussed)
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling (illness)
- Kadarius Toney
- Justin Watson
- Skyy Moore
The Chiefs now have a bit of a hole in that position, so they'll hope for the soonest possible return for the speedy wide receiver.