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Chiefs lose OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to leg fracture

Kansas City Chiefs starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will miss some time due to a fractured fibula but will not miss the rest of the season, head coach Andy Reid told reporters following his team’s 30-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday.

Duvernay-Tardif sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of the game and was replaced by veteran Jordan Devey, who may be in the lineup for the Chiefs next against the New England Patriots as a result. Devey was a part of New England’s roster in 2013 and 2014.

Duvernay-Tardif’s story is well-documented, as his rise to the NFL began after he joined the football team at McGill University in Montreal despite not having played in high school. Even though his priority at McGill was medical school, Duvernay-Tardif eventually saw his stock rise to the point of being a sixth-round draft pick of the Chiefs in the 2014 NFL Draft. After a strong start to his NFL career, the Chiefs made Duvernay-Tardif the highest-paid Canadian football player in history before the 2017 season, signing him to a five-year, $41.25 million deal.

“I still pinch me when I realize what’s happened over the last thee years,” Duvernay-Tardif said in 2017, per the Montreal Gazette. “I played at McGill for fun because football was my passion. Medical school was also my passion. I was trying to combine both and after my third year, I realized I had some opportunity in football. People were saying ‘he’s going to be a good player in the CFL.’”  

Earlier this year, Duvernay-Tardif completed his goal of finishing medical school, a goal he remained determined to reach even with his NFL career taking up much of his time. Duvernay-Tardif took longer than usual to get his medical degree, but after eight years, he was able to graduate in the spring. 

“Nobody can take that from me,” Duvernay-Tardif told ESPN. “When I graduate, I’m going to be a doctor for life. I’m proud to be in the NFL, and it’s been an incredible journey to get here, but being able to combine medical school at the same time, this is the accomplishment I’m proudest about, to be able to combine both. So many times I heard people tell me I’d have to make a choice.”

The Chiefs also had three other players come up with injuries Sunday, most notably outside linebacker Justin Houston, who has a strained hamstring, as well as safety Eric Murray and Armani Watts. Reid didn’t specify if any of them would miss this week’s game against New England, but the Chiefs would turn to help from backups Breeland Speaks and Tanoh Kpassagnon if Houston couldn’t play, while they were down to Ron Parker and Jordan Lucas at the safety position Sunday. 

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