Turns out, it is a really bad injury: Ruptured Achilles tendon. The news was first reported by ESPN's Adam Caplan during the game and Andy Reid confirmed the news at his postgame press conference. This likely means DJ is out for the season.
DJ is one of the Chiefs best players so this is obviously a huge problem. DJ plays every down and is one of the leaders on the Chiefs defense. Only Dustin Colquitt has been on the team as long as DJ. I can't stress to you enough how important DJ is to the Chiefs defense. He was on the verge of becoming the Chiefs all-time tackles leader. This piece right here shows you his importance.
It's an absolute blow not only because of who DJ is but because of the depth at inside linebacker with LB Joe Mays already out. Mays is the other starting inside linebacker who had wrist surgery and is out for multiple weeks. LB Josh Mauga is already replacing Mays; James-Michael Johnson replaced DJ on the field on Sunday.
Also injured in the game was starting DE Mike DeVito, who was carted off as well with a torn Achilles, too. He will likely be replaced by Jaye Howard.
Part of the Chiefs success last season is that they were lucky with injuries. No such luck early on this season.
This is just sad:
"Are you going to be back next week?" the little kid asked as DJ hobbled past on crutches. "I don't think so buddy," DJ said
— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) September 7, 2014