According to a report from Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Chiefs rookie cornerback L’Jarius Sneed suffered a broken collarbone during Monday night’s 34-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
Chiefs rookie L'Jarius Sneed suffered a broken collarbone Monday against the Ravens, a source tells me.— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) September 30, 2020
Sneed was injured on a third-and-7 play with 4:53 remaining in the second quarter, after nearly intercepting a pass intended for Ravens tight end Mark Andrews. It would have been the fourth-round rookie’s third interception in as many games.
At first, the injury didn’t appear serious. He was able to get up after the play, but the Chiefs did list him as questionable to return to the game.
Chiefs CB L'Jarius Sneed questionable to return with a collarbone injury. He was slow to get up after going to the ground on that near interception.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) September 29, 2020
Then during the third quarter — after Sneed did not return to the field with the defense — the Chiefs said he would not be returning to the game.
L'Jarius Sneed is out for the remainder of the game. https://t.co/38uZ113ldR— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 29, 2020
Cornerback Charvarius Ward — himself still recovering from a broken hand — came into the game. We anticipate Sneed could be placed on injured reserve, with the typical recovery time for a broken collarbone between six and eight weeks.
So many factors in collarbone breaks. Location, severity, surgical v non.— Aaron Borgmann (@RehabAllStar) September 30, 2020
General rule of thumb if surgery is ~6 weeks, if non surgical, less. https://t.co/jnBmyaeGuz
As for this week’s game against the Patriots, the problem is that nominal starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland still has one week remaining on his four-week NFL suspension. So through this weekend’s game against the New England Patriots, the Chiefs will be razor-thin at the position.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid will be speaking with the media on Wednesday. We expect Reid will provide us with some more information on Sneed’s injury.