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July 31, 2020 05:16 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Placed on PUP list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Texans placed Thornhill (knee) on the PUP list Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Thornhill missed the Chiefs' Super Bowl run after tearing the ACL in his left knee Week 17. There's some hope he'll be healthy by the regular season, but he has yet to recover enough to avoid Friday's move. When he does achieve full health -- or at least enough to get back on the field -- the 2019 second-round pick will man free safety for Kansas City.

March 13, 2020 02:16 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: On track for training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill (knee) is expected to be healthy in time for the start of training camp, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

The 24-year-old suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the regular-season finale, but he appears to be progressing well in his recovery. Thornhill could still be eased into action early on, but there's no indication his status for the start of the season will be in question.

February 27, 2020 03:08 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Expected back for Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Chiefs expect Thornhill (knee) to be ready for the 2020 regular-season opener, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Thornhill is rehabbing a torn ACL sustained during Kansas City's 2019 regular-season finale, and it looks as though the expectation is for him to make a return for at least part of training camp or the preseason. The 24-year-old was a full-time starter as a rookie, finishing with 58 tackles (42 solo), five pass breakups, three interceptions and a touchdown.

January 8, 2020 12:52 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Moves to injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Thornhill suffered a torn ACL in the regular-season finale, so the move to injured reserve was simply a matter of time. In Thornhill's absence, Armani Watts figures to see increased work after seeing his highest snap total of the season Week 17.

December 30, 2019 01:20 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Torn ACL confirmed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Andy Reid said Monday that Thornhill suffered a torn left ACL during Week 17's regular-season finale against the Chargers, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Thornhill has played a starting role at free safety since Week 1, so his season-ending injury will be a notable blow to Kansas City's secondary heading into the playoffs. In the rookie second-round pick's stead, Daniel Sorensen will likely slot into the starting lineup. Thornhill will set his sights on recovery, though the timing of his injury sheds some doubt on his chances of returning to full health for the start of the 2020 season.

December 29, 2019 05:40 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Serious injury feared
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of a knee injury that forced him out of Sunday's win against the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The Chiefs fear Thornhill's injury could be serious enough to keep the rookie second-round pick out for the playoffs. The Virginia product has been a starter at free safety since Week 1, and he's recorded 58 tackles, five pass breakups and three interceptions. The results of the MRI will be available at some point Monday, and Daniel Sorensen is next in line to start if Thornhill is indeed ruled out.

December 29, 2019 02:00 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Done for day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill (knee) is out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Chargers.

The fact that Thornhill was immediately downgraded to out is not a good sign for the injury, especially considering he exited early in the second quarter. With the Virginia product sidelined, look for Daniel Sorensen to take over as the team's starting free safety. More information regarding Thornhill's injury should arise heading into the playoffs.

October 16, 2019 12:56 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Nabs first career interception
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill made four tackles (four solo) and an interception in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

Thornhill made a nice play late in the second quarter when he picked off an overthrown pass by Deshaun Watson for his first career interception. The 23-year-old has played at least 58 defensive snaps in each of the first six games, making him a decent IDP option going forward. He'll draw a solid matchup against Joe Flacco and the Broncos for Week 7.

September 11, 2019 01:32 AM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Eight tackles in debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill totaled eight tackles (five solo) in Sunday's regular-season opener versus the Jaguars.

Thornhill helped out against the run in addition to making tackles on opposing wide receivers. The 2019 second-round pick impressed enough in fall camp to secure a starting job opposite Tyrann Mathieu in the opener and figures to give the Chiefs some back-end talent that was lacking last season.

September 8, 2019 12:44 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Primed to start Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill is warming up as a starting safety for Sunday's tilt against the Jaguars, Adam Teicher of reports.

Thornhill took ample reps with the first-team defense during training camp and appears to have usurped veteran Daniel Sorensen in the starting lineup. The rookie second-round pick will work to contain Nick Foles and the Jaguars' aerial attack.

August 15, 2019 04:44 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Taking reps with first-string defense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill took part in some 11-on-11 reps with the first-team offense Thursday, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.

Thornhill has pieced together an impressive training camp and preseason and is believed to be a candidate to open the season as a starting safety. Thornhill proved to be a ballhawk in his three seasons at Virginia, notching 13 interceptions, including a career-high six as a senior last season.

July 12, 2019 06:20 PM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Expected to be ready for camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornhill (calf) is expected to be ready for training camp, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.

Thornhill was getting reps with the first-string defense in June's minicamp before sustaining this calf injury. If healthy, the 22-year-old figures to see a starting role next to Tyrann Mathieu in the Chiefs' secondary, bumping Daniel Sorensen down in the depth chart.

April 28, 2019 02:20 AM
Chiefs' Juan Thornhill: Headed to Kansas City
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Chiefs selected Thornhill in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 63rd overall.

Assuming nothing is amiss, this looks like a steal for the Chiefs. The NFL was evidently skeptical of Thornhill's tackling ability, but he flashes such uncommon upside as a coverage safety that it should be easy to overlook. The Virginia pass defense was very good over the last two years, and Thornhill might be the main reason why. He intercepted 10 passes in his last 25 games, and then he torched the combine with a 4.42-second 40, 44-inch vertical, and 141-inch broad jump at 6-feet, 205 pounds. If Patrick Mahomes can keep establishing leads, then Thornhill should find interception opportunities. He's on the immediate IDP radar given the fluid state of the Kansas City safety rotation.

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