Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco answers questions during NFL Football Media on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
KANSAS CITY, Missouri — One of the Kansas City Chiefs’ star running backs played with a pretty big injury last season.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed that Pacheco underwent surgery this offseason and is doing well, but there is no timeline for his return.
“He’s making progress,” Reed said. “He is doing well.
The 24-year-old rushed for 830 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie season, starting running back early in the season and also returned kickoffs.
The Rutgers alum was a key part of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl run and quickly became a fan favorite due to his aggressive running style and social personality that included a lot of dancing.
A torn labrum usually takes three to four months to heal, while a broken hand can take up to two months. The Chiefs have several options if Pacheco is out until the beginning of the season.
Fourth-year running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who the team declined the fifth-year option, could be a first-team rep, along with veteran Jerrick McKinnon, who the team recently signed back.
Also on the roster are second-year Ramikal Perrine from Florida and rookie and undrafted free agent Denerick Prince, who looks like Pacheco.
Both are about 5ft 11lbs and 216lbs, both are big and powerful with aggressive running styles and the speed and blast that comes with it.
Only time will tell what happens in the Chiefs’ running back room.