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Examining injuries to Chiefs’ RB Isiah Pacheco and WR Skyy Moore

The second-year running back is set to return — while Moore will miss the remainder of the regular season.

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On Christmas Day, the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense should get a needed boost when running back Isiah Pacheco returns for the team’s home game against the Las Vegas Raiders. The starting running back has missed the previous two games with a shoulder contusion, followed by a cleanup surgery.

In his Monday media availability, head coach Andy Reid confirmed that Pacheco was on track to return for the Week 16 game.

“He’ll be good to go this week — unless there [are] further setbacks,” said Reid. “Right now, everything’s positive for him to go. He really had a clearance last week — from the fellow that did the surgery — to go. It was just a matter of being [cautious] on it.”

Reid’s comments on the matter — along with Pacheco returning so quickly — indicate that it was a very minor procedure. A cleanup surgery is often a non-invasive arthroscopic procedure that allows a quicker return to the field. This one probably removed damaged or inflamed tissue or shaved down any bony abnormalities — such as a bone spur. It should reduce Pacheco’s pain and increase his shoulder mobility — and obviously, provide less discomfort with contact.

While it was minor, it was Pacheco’s second shoulder surgery from this calendar year.

Right after the Super Bowl, Pacheco underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Rehab from that procedure kept him out of all contact drills in training camp until he returned for limited action in the final preseason game. It has not been confirmed whether or not this injury is the same shoulder as Pacheco’s labrum repair, but that cannot be ruled out.

Despite a limited training camp, Pacheco has rebounded nicely, building on his rookie campaign to become one of the team’s most consistent producers. With a strong finish, he could register his first 1,000-yard rushing season.

Skyy Moore’s knee injury

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On Monday, we also learned that wide receiver Skyy Moore was being added to the team’s Reserve/Injured (injured reserve) list. He will miss at least the remainder of the regular season.

We have been given little information about his injury; Reid only reported that Moore had swelling in his knee. This could have many causes — including overuse, muscle strains, knee sprains and so on.

Given the Chiefs’ history of handling knee injuries this season, this IR stint could be precautionary, creating a rest period in which Moore’s knee can heal for a potential postseason return.

Remember: cornerback L’Jarius Sneed missed the majority of training camp with knee swelling — and throughout the season, has continued to receive treatment for it; he’s been listed on all but one of the team’s weekly injury reports. Despite this, he has started every game — and has been a key contributor to the team’s defense.

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