Kansas City Chiefs LG Joe Thuney did not practice on Wednesday due to a concerning pectoral injury sustained during the Divisional Round win over the Jaguars. According to veteran injury expert Dr. David Chao, also known as @ProFootballDoc, Thuney has already been ruled out for the upcoming AFC Championship game as there is no way for him to protect against contact to the chest area.
Thuney suffered the pec injury early in the 4th quarter last Saturday while engaged in a swim move. Dr. Chao explained that even if Thuney gets relatively good news about his pectoral tendon, he still would not be cleared to take the field against the Baltimore Ravens. The risk is simply too high for further damage.
In Thuney's absence, veteran guard Nick Allegretti is the most likely candidate to start at left guard after previously stepping into a starting role during the Chief's 2020 Super Bowl run. Allegretti provides experienced depth that will be crucial with Kansas City's offensive line facing a tough Ravens pass rush.
According to the sicscore injury predictor, Thuney earned a concerning score of 34 that indicates a high probability of missing game action. Beyond the imminent AFC Championship absence, the model notes only an outside chance of Thuney being available should the Chiefs advance to the Super Bowl.
Wednesday's DNP with a pectoral designation affirms Dr. Chao's early expectations that Thuney would miss at least the crucial conference round. While Kansas City is hopeful to avoid a season-ending injury, the team appears prepared to move forward with alternatives at left guard as Thuney focuses on recovery efforts.
Losing a veteran blocker like Thuney complicates preparations, but the Chiefs have proven their resilience and depth through past postseason journeys. Still, his injury demands close monitoring with potential implications on Kansas City's offensive game planning for the rest of the playoffs.