Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio is reporting that Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill suffered an injured collarbone and “is undergoing tests to determined the extent of the injury.”
Hill was hurt on this play:
The Chiefs first said Hill was questionable to return — then later ruled him out, which is typically not a good sign.
Then we have this from NFL Network reporter James Palmer, who said that Hill was taken to a local hospital for treatment,
I’m told Tyreek Hill was taken to a local hospital to get his injured right shoulder treated by their trauma department.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 8, 2019
That didn’t sound encouraging, either. But Palmer then reported additional information.
Tyreek Hill had a sternal clavicular joint injury which is where your clavicle comes into your sternum. If it goes posteriorly, like Hill’s did, it an become a medical issue. Hill didn’t have any issues, but he was still transported to a local hospital. Obviously be safe.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 8, 2019
If we are interpreting Palmer’s tweet correctly, it means that there were concerns Hill’s injury might have been quite serious — such as when Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith lacerated his spleen — but for now, it appears those concerns were unwarranted.
Chiefs head trainer Rick Burkholder made a statement after the game with additional information, as reported by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Chiefs’ WR Tyreek Hill will not need surgery on his collarbone injury but “will miss a few weeks”, per a source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 8, 2019
Hill made just two catches for 16 yards before leaving the game. The Chiefs won the Week 1 matchup 40-26.
We’ll have more information as it becomes available.