Chiefs don’t seem concerned about Tyrann Mathieu’s shoulder injury
The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a few injuries during their preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday—including Tyrann Mathieu. Despite leaving the game, Kansas City doesn’t seem concerned about Mathieu’s shoulder injury.
Andy Reid says Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) likely would’ve stayed in the game if it were a regular season game.
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 18, 2019
Mathieu sustained an injury to his shoulder early in the first quarter and did not return to the field. Due to Mathieu exiting the game early, rookie Juan Thornhill was asked to make an early appearance in the game. After the game was over, Andy Reid said that his Pro-Bowl safety was doing fine and that he doesn’t expect him to miss any time.
Earlier this offseason, the Chiefs signed Mathieu to a three-year, $42 million deal to provide a boost to their secondary. Kansas City’s passing defense was abysmal in 2018—ranking 31st in the NFL against the pass.
The last thing that the Chiefs need is for their high-priced free-agent acquisition to miss meaningful games due to an injury in the preseason. Despite that, Mathieu will likely suit up for the team’s dress rehearsal game in Week 3 of the preseason against the San Francisco 49ers.
Before arriving in Kansas City, Mathieu spent the 2018 season with the Houston Texans. In 2018, the Honey Badger started in all 16 games and combined for 89 tackles (tied for career-high), two interceptions, and eight pass deflections.
Since coming into the NFL in 2013, Mathieu has been one of the best versatile safeties in the NFL.
The Chiefs new defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, is hoping to use Mathieu in various ways to keep offenses guessing.