Overall, the KC Chiefs left their first preseason game with a relatively healthy squad and a narrow 19-17 win. However, the team suffered a notable injury as a linebacker. Darius Harris was forced to leave the game with a hand injury in the first half.
Harris initially left the game with a hand injury but was qualified questionable to come back. The Chiefs then downgraded him later in the game after receiving more attention from the team’s medical staff.
The timing seems unfair to Harris given he set up a solid camp and was even at his best in the sessions just before the team’s first game of the pre-season, especially afterwards. the absence of Willie Gay Jr. due to the team’s concussion. protocol.
Darius Harris left the Chiefs-Niners game with a hand injury.
As the Chiefs have imported big-name young talent in recent drafts like Nick Bolton (2021) and Gay (2020), Harris has been impressive in the camp as another young linebacker hoping to impose tough decisions when downsizing. active staff are due. Instead, Harris now finds himself at the mercy of a hand injury that could potentially set him apart.
Details are unknown at this time, so it will be interesting to see if Harris is able to return and join practices as soon as possible. The linebacker is more competitive than he has been in recent seasons with Bolton, Gay, Harris joining Anthony Hitchens, Ben Niemann, Omari Cobb, Dorian O’Daniel, Riley Cole and Emmanuel Smith.
Harris, a former Charvarius Ward teammate at Middle Tennessee State, initially signed with the Chiefs as a rookie free agent in 2019 and spent the year in the injured reserve recovering from a knee injury. From there, the team re-signed him for the 2020 season and he landed on the practice squad for the duration. This year, he hopes to make the jump to the active roster, but for now, injury is clouding those plans.