After joining the Kansas City Chiefs as a midseason pickup, Deandre Baker saw his season end Sunday on a medical cart.
The backup cornerback was seeing his first significant action as Kansas City rested starters when he suffered a non-contact leg injury in the second half. Baker chased Los Angeles Chargers receiver Jalen Guyton on a deep pass from Justin Herbert. His left knee buckled in the wrong direction while he was in pursuit, and he had to leave the field on a medical cart.
Broken leg for Baker
Head coach Andy Reid told reporters after the game that Baker suffered a broken femur. The former first-round draft pick tallied five tackles, a sack and a pass deflection in his second appearance of the season. The Chargers went on to win the game, 38-21.
Chiefs CB Deandre Baker was carted off the field after a nasty looking leg injury. Prayers up for him. pic.twitter.com/TFKGqc1NFB
— 🌹 (@RespectDaBeard1) January 3, 2021
The Chiefs signed Baker in November following his release from the New York Giants, who selected him with the 30th pick of the 2019 draft. New York waived Baker after he was charged with four counts of robbery at a Miami-area party in May.
Prosecutors dropped the charges amid an alleged extortion scheme orchestrated by the accusers’ attorney. His arrival in Kansas City represented a second chance for Baker after his life and career appeared to have gone off track. Now it appears he’ll face a long offseason of recovery before his next football chance.
And the Chiefs will likely be without a potentially valuable backup player in the playoffs.
The Chiefs are the AFC’s top seed, which affords them a bye in Round 1 of the postseason.
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