Chiefs lose LB Siler to torn Achilles in camp

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Brandon Siler tore an Achilles

tendon during practice this week and is the latest to join a

growing list of NFL players to sustain the season-ending

injury.

Siler’s agent, David Canter, confirmed the injury in a text

message to The Associated Press on Wednesday. He did not know which

Achilles was hurt, but said Siler already had surgery to repair

it.

”We’re both beside ourselves upset,” Canter said.

Siler was competing for the middle linebacker spot alongside

Derrick Johnson after signing with the Chiefs as a free agent.

Siler had looked good throughout fall camp after picking up 44

tackles, one sack and one interception in 12 games with the San

Diego Chargers last season.

”I don’t really know what happened,” said Demorrio Williams,

who has been competing with Siler for playing time. ”I just saw

him land on the ground.”

The Chiefs’ policy is to not discuss injuries, although they’re

quickly stacking up.

First-round draft pick Jonathan Baldwin hurt his right thumb in

a reported locker room altercation with running back Thomas Jones.

Fellow wide receiver Steve Breaston also has missed some practice

time, along with offensive linemen Jared Gaither, Ryan O’Callaghan

and Darryl Harris, cornerback Brandon Flowers and linebackers Gabe

Miller and Eric Bakhtiari.

The Chiefs should be able to withstand the loss of Siler, who

could also have contributed to special teams. Jovan Belcher has

made 131 tackles while playing significant snaps the past two

seasons, and Williams and Cory Greenwood are in the mix.

”I think we have good depth,” Johnson said. ”It’s always

tough to lose a linebacker, and it’s hard. It’s hard. But this is a

violent sport.”

Siler’s injury is the first significant one for the Chiefs,

though hardly the first round the league, where some believe the

NFL lockout has contributed to more season-ending injuries.

Detroit’s second-round draft pick, running back Mikel Leshoure,

tore an Achilles tendon earlier in fall camp. Browns punter Reggie

Hodges sustained the same injury after he took a snap in the end

zone, took one step and dropped like a sack of flour. Philadelphia

defensive end Victor Abiamiri and Bengals linebacker Roddrick

Muckelroy are among the other players to tear their Achilles.

The lockout wiped out organized team activities and the ability

for players to use team facilities during the summer months, which

some argue resulted in players arriving at camp out of shape.

Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, a member of the players’

executive committee, has said he is personally monitoring some of

the reported injuries from other training camps. He’s also asked

trainers to keep him updated on missed practices to determine

whether the lockout had any effect.