UPDATE: Monday, December 23, 12:04 p.m. Arrowhead Time
Andy Reid confirmed Juan Thornhill tore his ACL, mentioning Kendall Fuller and Armani Watts as replacements moving forward.
Juan Thornhill tore his ACL, Andy Reid confirmed.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) December 30, 2019
Andy Reid said Kendall Fuller and Armani Watts worked in at safety — sounds like the plan moving forward.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) December 30, 2019
“Spags will work it out — filling that spot. All players are different, so you play to their strengths." https://t.co/NhTQT8VQf2
Thornhill tweeted shortly after the announcement.
Going to be one hell of a story Just watch !! https://t.co/pMzDzfqjrr— The_Juan_And_Only (@Juan_Thornhill) December 30, 2019
An update on Juan Thornhill
(Originally posted on Sunday, December 29, 6 p.m. Arrowhead Time)
Kansas City Chiefs rookie safety Juan Thornhill left the team’s game with the Los Angeles Chargers early in the second quarter with what appeared to be a left leg injury. Now we have an update from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Sources: The #Chiefs fear that standout rookie S Juan Thornhill suffered a significant knee injury that will knock him out for the playoffs. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow to learn the details. He’s been a key part of that defense.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2019
Thornhill also tweeted shortly after he was ruled out.
I know God got me☝— The_Juan_And_Only (@Juan_Thornhill) December 29, 2019
After the game, Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was asked about potentially losing Thornhill for the rest of the season.
Frank Clark on Juan Thornhill’s knee injury. “It Hurts, it hurts, you don’t want to see a guy that you started with at the beginning of the season go down like that. We just got to hold it down.” pic.twitter.com/sB0xJfsRzF— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) December 29, 2019
“As a rookie, you got to understand that you’re going to go through these things if you want to get to the top,” said Clark. “It’s a long journey in the NFL to be one of those guys, as people say. So, for a guy like Juan, who has come in and been excellent for us — went through that rookie learning curve and now has been playing some excellent ball the last couple of weeks. But it hurts. It hurts. You don’t want to see one of the guys that you started the season off [with] go down like that. We just got to hold it down. We got a few guys that went down. We’ll just continue to hold it down for the guys that wend down and try to bring it home for them.”
Friend-of-the-site Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest said that Thornhill, who wouldn’t put weight on his knee as he left the game, could be seen in a brace.
The vibe is not good, but we should learn more on Monday.