Good thing the Kansas City Chiefs don't use their receivers very often because they're about to lose one. Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters on Thursday that starting WR Donnie Avery will need surgery and that he will be out this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers.
Avery has sports hernia.— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) October 2, 2014
#Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder says WR Donnie Avery is having surgery tomorrow in Philadelphia (groin). Will not play Sunday.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) October 2, 2014
Avery suffered the injury on Monday night against the Patriots.
Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said:
"In the game Monday night early in the fourth quarter, Donnie (Avery) had an injury. It's what was formerly called a sports hernia; it's now called a core muscle injury. And basically what happened on that play is he kind of did a one sided split and got his body into extension. What happens in that injury is your abductor group or your groin muscles either strain or tear and then you get some pulling away of your abdominal muscle. Those things generally need to be fixed so Donnie is on his way right now to Philadelphia today to be fixed tomorrow by Dr. Bill Meyers. He has a core muscle injury, needs to be fixed. We'll list him as out for this game and then we will give you updates as we go about his status going forward."
Every player is different but sports hernia surgeries usually require a multiple week absence (sort of like Jamaal Charles and his high ankle spra...wait a minute). Jadeveon Clowney missed multiple weeks this summer. Kyle Rudolph and Jason Kelce are said to each miss about six weeks. It depends on Avery's actual condition obviously but past history suggests this is more than one week.
The biggest thing you'll miss with Avery is some semblance of a deep threat. I know the Chiefs don't make those throws very often but that's his best skill set that is isn't easily replaced by the depth at receiver.
AJ Jenkins, who faces his former team on Sunday, is listed behind Avery on the depth chart. Junior Hemingway and Frankie Hammond will also be options. I wonder if the Chiefs will work Albert Wilson in at all. He did well during the preseason but we haven't seen much of him since the regular season started. Those players are likely downgrades from what Avery brings but the Chiefs haven't gotten the production out of their receivers as others have and still been able to operate their offense.