Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill expected to miss 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is expected to miss four to six weeks due to a sternoclavicular joint injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
#Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (sternoclavicular joint injury) is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, sources say. A positive sign: KC does not plan to put him on IR, as of now. He’ll need to be monitored in rehab, and how quickly it progresses will determine if it’s more or less than 6 weeks.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 11, 2019
Hill suffered the injury early in the Chiefs’ 40-26 Week 1 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars after cornerback Jalen Ramsey hit him out of bounds. Hill left the game and did not return. For the day, Hill finished with two just receptions for 16 yards and one carry for five yards.
Despite missing Hill, the Chiefs did not have too many problems putting up points against the Jaguars. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins stepped up in a big way with nine catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns.
Tight end Travis Kelce added 88 yards on three catches. Meanwhile, veteran running back LeSean McCoy had 81 rushing yards on 10 carries on his Chiefs debut, and running back Damien Williams chipped in with six catches for 39 receiving yards to go with 26 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.
Hill is coming off a terrific season last year. He had 87 catches for 1,479 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns — all are new career-highs — as he made the Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro.
With Hill out for the next month, Patrick Mahomes will have to continue to rely on Watkins and Kelce as his primary receivers. First-round pick Mecole Hardman, who had just one target and no catches against the Jaguars, could also have a much bigger role in the offense moving forward.
The Chiefs’ next six opponents are the Raiders, Ravens, Lions, Colts, Texans, and Broncos.