It’s now just a little over two weeks away before the Kansas City Chiefs kick off their title defense in a Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions. At this point, however, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the availability of wide receiver Kadarius Toney, who suffered a concerning knee injury during the first day of training camp.
The good news for the Chiefs, though, is that the 24-year-old seems to progressing well in his road to recovery.
Kadarius Toney Could Be Ready for Week 1 Amid Knee Injury
While nothing is guaranteed at this point, it seems like there’s now a chance that Toney will be available for the Chiefs in Week 1. This report comes via league insider James Palmer of the NFL Network.
“There’s some optimism that he’s going to be able to go for the Kansas City Chiefs in this opener.” Palmer said (h/t Jack Murray of Bleacher Report). “….At the start of this offseason, they made it very clear that he was their clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver heading into the 2023 season, but he has missed all of that time with this knee injury. This week, I am told, is going to be very important. They think he’s doing great in terms of his recovery but how he practices this week would be big.”
Can #chiefs WR Kadarius Toney, who has missed all of training camp with a partially torn meniscus, actually play Week 1 vs the #lions? There’s some optimism. My report @nfltotalaccess on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/ycpCcr4nS5
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 28, 2023
As Palmer said, the upcoming week will be pivotal in terms of Kadarius Toney’s race to fitness. There’s now a good chance that he will be ready on time for the Chiefs’ season-opener against the Lions, but at the same time, Kansas City will likely take a cautious approach on their WR1. Unless he’s fully healthy, I just don’t see how (and why) the Chiefs will force Toney to play in Week 1.
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