Chiefs' Joe Mays reportedly to miss at least six weeks

The Kansas City Chiefs likely will have to tackle the first quadrant of the season without starting linebacker Joe Mays.

Mays is reportedly expected to miss at least six weeks after undergoing surgery last week to repair a torn tendon in his wrist, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

The 29-year-old Mays signed a two-year, $6 million contract in K.C. to replace Akeem Jordan next to Derrick Johnson in a frisky front seven.

There is a chance the Chiefs could hold Mays out until after their Week 6 bye -- he could be a candidate for starting the season on the physically unable to perform list to give the Chiefs a chance to keep another body.

The injury is another in a litany of offseason losses and preseason injuries the Chiefs are dealing with as they try to return to the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Nico Johnson started the third preseason game in place of Mays. James-Michael Johnson and Josh Mauga are also in the mix, which could become a factor when final cuts are made at the end of the week.

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