Chiefs receiver Chris Conley injures Achilles, adding to their list

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The Chiefs won, and remain the only undefeated team in the NFL.

But they also added to their lengthy list of injuries in Sunday night’s win over Houston.

Wide receiver Chris Conley had to be carted off the field late in the game with a non-contact Achilles injury, going down immediately while fielding an onside kick with an open field in front of him.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid was short on specifics but disturbed by the trend.

“Throughout the league, you’re even seeing them at the college level, which is kind of unique,” Reid said, via Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star. “I don’t remember this being [like] that. At one point a few years ago, you could kinda look at the shoes, but the shoe companies, I think, have done a pretty good job of putting these things together. So I don’t know exactly why. But it does seem there are a few of these.”

The Chiefs also lost safety Steven Terrell to a concussion on the opening kickoff, and tight end Travis Kelce, who took a helmet-to-helmet shot, returned to the game, but then left to be evaluated for a concussion.

If the Chiefs can get philosophical about it, it’s only because they’ve had so many. They’ve lost a starter or regular contributor in each game.

Star safety Eric Berry tore his Achilles in the opener, and was followed by injuries to varying degrees for center Mitch Morse, kicker Cairo Santos and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, and now Conley will apparently miss the rest of the year.

14 responses to “Chiefs receiver Chris Conley injures Achilles, adding to their list

  1. Nothing new we had major injuries all last year to. We will get no sympathy cards from and fan base of team in the nfl. It’s pretty impressive that dispite all the injuries the last two years the chiefs have only lost like 4 regular season games.

  2. In general I’ve always felt that playing on turf was much worse on my body than playing on grass, and this was for less contact sports like soccer. I’d imagine it would be even worse for football. I think most teams have gone away from turf (the ravens removed theirs for grass) but it’d be nice if every team played on grass. The NFL has so much money that maintaining grass shouldn’t be a problem (see: solder field). Then my other point is that it seems we see more injuries early on in the season and preseason. I think guys just go from nothing to everything without enough build up practice. Veterans and stars who know they’re making the team can slowly build into it, but not other guys.

  3. Over-strengthening leads directly to the sort of non-contact injuries affecting the players.

    Blame the turf, blame other players, blame the owners, blame the fans … blame the human condition if you want.

    When someone out-strengthens themselves, the weakest points break first.

    Blame physics.

  4. A lot of it has to do with the NFL and private training methods being used that don’t spend enough time on elongated stretching which increases flexibility. Guys stretch but not enough, and not using the proper methods that prevent soft tissue injury’s.

  5. Does anyone else think that the increase in injuries during the regular season is related to the reduction of preseason preparations due to the limits of the CBA?

    I do………

  6. Is it me or are more teams having a greater # of injuries earlier than ever before?

    A lot of it can be contributed to the lessened time in the offseason hitting and tackling. I know they are 5 weeks into the season at this point, but normally by now the players would have had a season worth in tackling and hitting in the offseason for their bodoes to prepare for this.

    The fact too that they rarely hit in practice during the season as well. Players want longer careers, which I understand. However, I don’t think they are wanting more years, but half the playing time due to soft tissue injuries.

  7. Most major soccer leagues will not allow games to be played on anything but grass. Only in the US are we conditioned to think a carpet over stone or cement is equal to grass.

  8. Turf fields look better than grass fields. However, any expert will tell you that relative to grass, turf is worse on your joints. Now with that being said, injuries are just a freak accident. The only way to avoid them is to not play at all.

    Think about it. Even if these guys practice more, that means they are also exposed to more hits. More hits means more opportunities for injuries to occur. You can get hurt on any play. You just need to go out there and give it your all on every play and hope for the best.

    I had a friend get a compound ankle fracture with ligament damage from being tackled on a simple slant route. He was in a wheelchair for 5 months. And every week it seems another player suffers a soft tissue injury on a non contact play. Personally you can say whatever you want but I think injuries depend mostly on luck.

  9. Really really a shame as they are having such a great year. But we all know that injuries eventually catch up to you and bite you on the you know what. Being a lifelong Chiefs fan it really makes me sad.

  10. I blame the turf more for head injuries. When the neck snaps back and your head hits the less forgiving turf vs a natural, softer grass.

    I also think in general that hard turf is much more damaging on knees, ankles, ligaments than grass. So injuries there could be from turf or at least practicing on turf over the course of two decades.

    Even when you’re not playing on turf that day, the damage it does to your body over time is much more punishing than grass

  11. My theory is…..The bigger and tighter they are making their tendons leave less room for movement. Kinda like the rubber band theory. The tighter the rubber band, the less elastic it becomes. It eventually just snaps.

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