Not only did the Kansas City Chiefs lose their Week 5 game against the Las Vegas Raiders by a score of 40-32, they also had injuries to two key offensive players: left guard Kelechi Osemele and wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
“As far as the injuries go, Kelechi tore two of his tendons in his knee — both knees,” said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid after the game. “Sammy hurt his hamstring, and we’ll just see how that goes here in the next couple days.”
Neither of the injuries were the result of contact — and both happened when quarterback Patrick Mahomes was trying to make a play of at least 20 yards to make a first down.
Osemele was injured during the first quarter on a second-and-20 play from the Kansas City 32-yard line. Mahomes had been flushed from the pocket and was running down the left sideline; Osemele was running down the field to protect his right flank. His left knee simply appeared to give out as he ran.
Osemele was taken off the field in a cart, Veteran offensive lineman Mike Remmers stepped in at left guard.
Watkins was hurt on a second-quarter third-and-20 play from the Chiefs’ 33. After being flushed from the pocket, Mahomes stopped just short of the line of scimmage, firing a pass to tight end Nick Keizer just beyond the line of gain. Keizer couldn’t hang on to the ball.
Away from the play, Watkins pulled up while trying to get open, holding the back side of his leg. He got to the sidelines under his own power but was in obvious pain.
Just before the end of the first quarter, Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens also suffered what was reported as a hand injury — on the same play where Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was intercepted by newly-returned Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland. Hitchens was listed as questionable to return, but he was back on the field during the third quarter.