Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley ruptured his Achilles during the club’s Sunday night victory over the Texans and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link).
Week 5 was dismal in terms of injuries around the NFL, as the league saw stars such as Odell Beckham Jr., J.J. Watt, and Whitney Mercilus go down for the year. Conley may not be a household name like those players, but he’s been a reliable weapon for Andy Reid‘s Kansas City squad. He actually leads all Chiefs wideouts in snaps this season, and has registered 11 receptions for 175 yards. In 2016, the 24-year-old Conley was an excellent complementary receiver, as he managed 44 catches for 530 yards.
Conley, a third-round pick in 2015, has one year left on his rookie deal. While he was never going to garner a hefty extension, Conley could have possibly inked a new deal following this season. With an Achilles injury now on his record, Conley will likely need to play out his contract before earning any new money.
Kansas City’s offense will continue to run through Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce, but wide receivers such as Albert Wilson, De’Anthony Thomas, Demarcus Robinson, or rookie Jehu Chesson could now see increased usage. The Chiefs have two pass catchers — Gehrig Dieter and Marcus Kemp — on their practice squad, and both could be candidates for promotion.
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