Kansas City Chiefs safety Bryan Cook suffered an injury while playing against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. After he took a hit during the third quarter he was carted off.
After A.J. Dillon’s 14-yard reception to start the second half, the Chiefs took the field to defend. Cook was hurt during the play, so the Chiefs’ training team had to step in and provide on-field care. After that, Cook received a lot of medical care before personnel had to call for a medical cart to take him off the field because of a serious injury to his lower leg.
With Cook out of the lineup, the Chiefs will start Mike Edwards in the starting base defense. In Steve Spagnuolo’s defensive system, rookie fourth-round selection Chamarri Conner is expected to take on the vital position of third safety.
Edwards joined the Chiefs this spring after having a breakout season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the previous season. Conner, a tackler selected out of Virginia Tech who is renowned for his tenacity and adaptability, was acquired by the Chiefs via trade.
In the current game, the Chiefs have suffered multiple injuries. Linebacker Drue Tranquill has been placed in the team’s concussion protocol after left tackle Donovan Smith suffered a neck injury. Further taxing the team’s defensive depth is the injury sustained by safety Justin Reid.
Cook had proven to be an exceptional player after being chosen as the University of Cincinnati’s second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Chiefs. In his second season, Cook was elevated to a starting position alongside Justin Reid after finishing as the third safety behind Thornhill and Reid the previous year. In the 11 games this season, he has made a major contribution with 35 total tackles, 1 interception, 2 pass deflections, and 2 fumble recoveries.