The Kansas City Chiefs were hoping that all their players would return to the practice field on Thursday, but it turns out that one large part of their defensive line will not. Kansas City has placed defensive end Jaye Howard on injured reserve, thus ending his season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Chiefs’ injury report for Thursday’s practice didn’t include Howard, so it was initially assumed that the 27-year-old would be back on the field. It turns out, however, that wasn’t the case because Kansas City simply forgot to include Howard on the injury report.
Howard was a big part of the Chiefs’ defense in the first half of the season. In eight games, he recorded 23 total tackles and one sack. Over the course of a full season last year, he posted 57 total tackles and 5.5 sacks in addition to another five total tackles and one sack in two postseason games.
Kansas City was still impressive on the defensive side of the ball this past Sunday in a victory over the Denver Broncos, but Howard’s return would have been a major boost going forward.
The Seattle Seahawks originally selected the veteran pass rusher with the 114th overall pick in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. After just one season, though, he joined the Chiefs. He has recorded 124 total tackles and 7.5 sacks across 45 career NFL games.
Also not practicing for the Chiefs is fellow defensive lineman Dontari Poe. Without Howard and Poe, Kansas City will have to continue relying upon Chris Jones and Rakeem Nunez-Roches at the defensive end position.