NFL: Preseason-Kansas City Chiefs at St. Louis Rams
© Scott Rovak | 18 Aug 2012
lost to the Rams
on Saturday night but the score isn't the headline immediately following the game. Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis
exited the game with a shoulder injury, the same shoulder
that required surgery in the offseason.
To answer the Lewis questions, that's all we know right now.
It's easy to assume the worst because I guess you'd rather be surprised than disappointed. The TV broadcast showed Lewis in quite a bit of pain, as you can see in the photo to the right. He threw his helmet to the ground and you could tell something was obviously wrong. He didn't return to the game after that.
I know an injury to a safety sounds bad -- Eric Berry
anyone? -- but even if this is a worst-case-scenario type of thing the Chiefs should be glad they added Abe Elam in the offseason. Losing Lewis for any amount of time obviously wouldn't be ideal but the Chiefs are prepared to handle it.
After the jump, I've got a photo-by-photo breakdown of Lewis' injury.
This play came at the 4:43 mark of the second quarter. Kellen Clemens finds Brian Quick on a crossing pattern and Lewis, playing safety, lines up for the hit.
As you can see, he drives right into him, leading with his shoulder. That looks like a nice hard hit. But it was a little too hard for Lewis' shoulder.
Here's the other angle of it. He appears to almost go limp for a second after the hit which is when you can tell he was hurt. He hit the ground after that and then left the field where the Chiefs TV broadcast caught him in pain on the sideline.
Now see it in action: