#Chiefs DT Khalen Saunders, who left their opener early after a dislocated elbow, is expected to be out about a month, source said. There were no fractures and he does not need surgery. Considering the injury, Saunders was pretty fortunate.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2020
Saunders, 24, dislocated his elbow in Kansas City’s opening game against the Houston Texans after playing just eight snaps. Undrafted rookie Tershawn Wharton helped fill the void left in Saunders’ absence.
The Chiefs also protected practice squad defensive tackle Braxton Hoyett on Tuesday, according to the NFL’s transaction report. Hoyett is the first player the Chiefs have opted to protect under the league’s 2020 practice squad rules.
A month from Wednesday would be Friday, October 16, meaning Saunders would miss games against the Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Las Vegas Raiders and Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills. If all goes well and Rapoport’s report is right, Saunders could get back to practice the Monday after, as the Chiefs begin preparation for the Denver Broncos.
The Chiefs drafted Saunders in the third round of last year’s NFL Draft. In 12 games and four starts as rookie, he registered 22 tackles (13 solo), two quarterback hits, a sack and a pass defensed.
If his tweet from last Friday serves as any indication, Saunders appears to be in good spirits.