The Kansas City Chiefs witnessed the unfortunate part of the preseason on Saturday. Multiple players sustaining injuries against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Among the injuries, defensive end Breeland Speaks suffered a knee injury during the Chiefs’ second preseason game.
It’s unknown on when Speaks suffered the injury to his knee but it was enough to prevent the second-year defensive end from returning to the field. There has yet to be an update on how severe the injury is but the team will likely make one soon.
The Chiefs drafted Speaks in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss. During his rookie season, Speaks spent most of his time at right outside linebacker and actually started in four games for the team.
The rookie pass-rusher ended the season with 1.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. With the team switching to a 4-3 scheme under Steve Spagnulo, Speaks is expected to make the transition to defensive end.
Last year, Speaks got adjusted to rushing off of the edge as an outside linebacker for the first time in his football career. The defensive end played the majority of his snaps at Ole Miss at defensive end and defensive tackle. The second-year pass-rusher will be able to return to a position he is comfortable with at defensive end.
At 6-foot-3, 285 pounds, Speaks is accustomed to putting his hand on the ground and getting after the quarterback. The Chiefs have been pleased with Speaks as he has adjusted to the new defense this offseason.
In the Chiefs’ preseason opener, Speaks had a sack in his 2019 debut on the defense against the Cincinnati Bengals.