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Chiefs WR Devard Darling Issues Statement on Season Ending Torn ACL

It's always sad, frustrating and disappointing when a player, especially one with a chance to start, is lost for the year in preseason action. 

Unfortunately, this is what happened to Kansas City Chiefs WR Devard Darling in a 14-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on August 29th.  He tore his ACL, which is a season ending injury.

Darling has released a statement through a public relations firm, GIC (Thanks to KB at the KC Star for pointing it out).

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"It saddens me to say my season has officially come to an end. A torn ACL is a serious injury, but not one I can’t recover from. I will undergo surgery to repair the damage and take the necessary steps towards a full recovery.

"I am confident I will be able to return next season with the same speed and explosiveness you have seen from me in the past.

"Thanks for all of the support and well wishes."

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Darling is expected to meet with doctors this week to schedule a time for surgery.  The Chiefs officially placed him on IR on Tuesday effectively ending his season.

He was listed with the first team on the Chiefs depth chart and spent much of training camp running with the first team.

He is under contract with the Chiefs through 2010 at base salaries of $1 million and $2 million.