Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Ronald Darby is scheduled to visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday night, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Source: #Eagles CB Ronald Darby is expected to visit the #Chiefs tonight. If all goes well, he could sign considering the serious interest.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2019
Darby, 25, is a 5-foot-11, 193-pound cornerback who first entered the NFL as a second-round pick by the Buffalo Bills back in the 2015 NFL Draft. Darby was traded to the Eagles after two seasons with the Bills and was on the team for the organization’s Super Bowl LII win over the New England Patriots.
Over four years, Darby has compiled 214 tackles (190 solo), six interceptions and 54 passes defensed. He could be a good option for the Chiefs, who have vacancies at the cornerback position, but he does have somewhat of a history when it comes to injuries.
Darby missed eight games near the beginning of the 2017 season with a dislocated ankle and suffered a torn ACL in Week 10 of last season. That is why a crucial part of Wednesday night for the Chiefs will be gauging the health status of his knee.
Our in-house injury expert, Aaron Borgmann, weighed in via Twitter as to what the Chiefs will be looking at on Wednesday night:
Re: Darby visit for Chiefs - primary concern is obviously ACL surgery after injury last season (wk 10). That would put him at approx 4 months out and in the middle of rehab for this injury currently. Things that any team will consider are ..@ArrowheadPride— Aaron Borgmann (@RehabAllStar) March 13, 2019
joint integrity, condition of internal knee structures, pace/progress of rehab, obviously strength of lower body, is player running/cutting well at this point, has player begun plyometric progression, etc...@ArrowheadPride— Aaron Borgmann (@RehabAllStar) March 13, 2019
Fortunately for player, his timeline for complete recovery for this surgery if all has been going well puts him in a good spot for participation in camp, potentially even limited in OTAs/Mini Camp if everything continues to go well. @ArrowheadPride— Aaron Borgmann (@RehabAllStar) March 13, 2019
Any team will scrutinize this player with diagnositic imaging as well as functional testing to determine if they feel he is in a good spot for continued progress and recovery. @ArrowheadPride— Aaron Borgmann (@RehabAllStar) March 13, 2019
The Chiefs just released Eric Berry, presumably replacing him with the newly-acquired Tyrann Mathieu. If all goes well on Wednesday night, odds are Darby will be added to that mix by the time you wake up Thursday morning.
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