Joe Thuney, Chiefs' All-Pro guard, reportedly not likely to play in AFC championship

The day went from bad to worse for the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday.

The Chiefs' preparation for the AFC championship began without guard Joe Thuney at practice, and finished hours later with ESPN reporting that the All-Pro guard is unlikely to play versus the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs guard Joe Thuney (62) on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Greg M. Cooper)
Kansas City Chiefs guard Joe Thuney is considered unlikely to play versus the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship. (AP Photo/Greg M. Cooper)

At the end of Kansas City's 27-24 win over the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round, Thuney suffered a pectoral injury and left the game. Backup Nick Allegretti came in to replace the first-time, first-team All-Pro selection. Now, Allegretti, a fifth-year veteran, is anticipated to start the 14th game of his career.

"All the guys look at him like he's a starter, so everybody's got confidence that he can come in and do a nice job," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of Allegretti.

On Monday, the Chiefs learned that Thuney strained his pectoral muscle versus tore it, which would have ended his season.

If Thuney, who didn't miss a start this season, can't go Sunday, it'll be a massive loss for Kansas City. Thuney's pass block win rate (99.1 percent) led all players this season. It helped him receive the second Pro Bowl selection of his career.