The Chiefs officially placed Kemp (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports. Kemp suffered a torn ACL and MCL at practice over the weekend, so this move was just a matter of time. The 24-year-old pass catcher suited up for all 16 games in Kansas City last year but was considered a fringe-roster player heading into 2019. He will now be forced to focus on his recovery.
Kemp will miss the 2019 season after tests showed he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his knee during Saturday's preseason game, the Kansas City Star reports. Kemp was having a strong preseason and looked like he'd win a spot on the active roster.
Coach Andy Reid said Kemp sprained his knee during Saturday's preseason loss in Pittsburgh and will undergo an MRI, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports. The MRI will determine the extent of any ligament damage in Kemp's knee, but it appears the third-year wideout could be facing an absence of some sort. Clearly, such a development would hurt his chances of landing one of the final spots on the Chiefs' WR depth chart.
Kemp won't return to Saturday's preseason game at Pittsburgh due to a knee injury, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. Despite the impending threat of a big hit over the middle from a Steelers defender, Kemp hauled in a 27-yarder before getting crunched and immediately went to the sideline. He's in contention for one of the final spots on the Chiefs' wide receiver depth chart, so an injury at the midpoint of exhibition season doesn't help his cause.
Kemp continues to have a strong camp for the Chiefs, Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest reports. Kemp likely would require an outbreak of injuries or illnesses for Kemp to find himself in a fantasy-relevant spot, but even making the roster for a high-powered Chiefs offense could eventually pay dividends. He still has a number of wideouts to beat out, but Kemp has positioned himself well again early on.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|11||11/19||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|14||12/08||@New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|17||12/29||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|3 Year Avg||1||0||4||0||0||0.00||0|