Report: Chiefs' Tyreek Hill Out 4-6 Weeks with Shoulder Injury, Won't Go on IR

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2019

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 24: Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs for a 12-yard gain in preseason action against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is reportedly expected to miss four-to-six weeks after suffering a sternoclavicular joint injury in the team's season-opening win against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs do not plan to place Hill on injured reserve, although that could change depending on how quickly his rehab progresses.

Until Hill returns, Sammy Watkins is expected to be quarterback Patrick Mahomes' No. 1 wideout.

Prior to getting injured in the first quarter Sunday, Hill had just two receptions for 16 yards and one rush for five yards. Even without his services, Kansas City claimed a fairly easy 40-26 victory.

Hill's absence opened the door for Watkins to have the game of his life, as he made nine grabs for a career-high 198 yards and three touchdowns.

While Watkins' performance was encouraging, there is no question that the Chiefs will be happy to have Hill return. He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three NFL seasons and was coming off a career year in 2018 with 87 receptions for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Mahomes will have no shortage of weapons in Watkins, tight end Travis Kelce and running backs LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams, but finding a No. 2 receiver while Hill is out could prove to be difficult.

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Demarcus Robinson was the only other wideout besides Watkins or Hill with a catch in Week 1, and he gained zero yards.

Rookie second-round pick Mecole Hardman is perhaps the top candidate to take on Hill's role despite the fact that he didn't have a reception in Week 1.

The Chiefs selected Hardman out of Georgia when there were questions about whether the NFL would suspend Hill, who was being investigated for child abuse. Police have since closed their investigation, and Hill was not charged. 

Watkins is undoubtedly the player to own in fantasy football while Hill is out, but Hardman is worth a look on the waiver wire because of the potential he has once he builds a rapport with Mahomes.

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