Breaking down Chiefs’ options at RT with Lucas Niang, Mike Remmers injured

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The Kansas City Chiefs received some disappointing news on Friday, learning they’d be without their top-2 options at the right tackle position in Lucas Niang and Mike Remmers.

Niang started the first five games of the season, but he was benched after his Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills. Mike Remmers filled in for the next two games before suffering the knee injury that currently has him sidelined. Niang replaced Remmers against the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers. He suffered a rib injury in the first quarter, which has him sidelined for Week 10.

Below you’ll find a quick look at several of the options who can fill in for Niang and Remmers while they’re injured, ranging from most likely to least likely to start against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday night:

Andrew Wylie

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After filling in for Lucas Niang when he suffered his rib injury in Week 9, Wylie is the most likely candidate to start at right tackle against the Raiders in Week 10. Fans will probably most remember his disappointing performance at right tackle in Super Bowl LV, but he has proven serviceable at times this season and last. In Week 15 against the New Orleans Saints, Wylie played 98 snaps at right tackle (yes, 98) allowing just two pressures during the game according to Pro Football Focus. Last week against the Green Bay Packers, Wylie allowed two pressures in 52 snaps. He’s not going to win any awards for his play at right tackle, but it’s not unreasonable to think that he can help this team get by in a pinch.

Prince Tega Wanogho

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The Chiefs snagged Prince Tega Wanogho from the Philadelphia Eagles, signing him to a reserve/future deal during their playoff run last year. He has only played at the left tackle spot since he’s been in Kansas City, but he was very successful there during the preseason. According to Pro Football Focus, in 72 pass-blocking snaps across three games, Wanogho allowed just two pressures. If Wanogho isn’t the starter this week, he’ll at the very least be a swing tackle for Kansas City, which means he could see action in the event of an injury.

Joe Thuney

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This is probably the least likely option because it’d cause even more change across the offensive line, but it’s hard to argue that it wouldn’t be successful. Ahead of the season when there were questions about the tackle position, the Chiefs said that Thuney was a player with the flexibility to play tackle if necessary. On 456 pass-blocking snaps at left guard this season, Thuney has allowed no sacks and 10 total pressures per Pro Football Focus. Keep in mind, he’s been playing a good chunk of the year with a broken hand too. Moving Thuney to right tackle would mean Nick Allegretti or Andrew Wylie would slot in at left guard.

Kyle Long

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Update: Long was not activated from the Reserve/PUP list. So this isn’t an option for KC this week.

Andy Reid didn’t sound too confident that the Chiefs would activate Kyle Long from the Reserve/PUP list this week. They didn’t do it on Friday, but it’s possible they do so today. Long hasn’t played an NFL snap since October of 2019 and he hasn’t played at right tackle since 2015 when he played over 1,000 snaps at the position. He’s also coming off of a tibial plateau fracture, which is generally a tough injury for big guys to come back from. I’m not sure throwing Long into the mix at right tackle this week would be fair or a good decision, but it’s entirely possible that it happens if the Chiefs feel comfortable after the practice week.

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