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Chiefs K Harrison Butker suffers ankle injury in Week 1 vs. Cardinals, returns late in second quarter

Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury injury in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. Here are the latest updates.

Harrison Butker #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on to the field during the second quarter of the game against the Washington Commanders at Arrowhead Stadium on August 20, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images

Late second quarter update: Butker continued working out on the sideline and Tracy Wolfson reported he shook his head yes when his coaches asked if he would be able to go. He then came on with seven seconds left and drilled a 54-yard field goal. He shortened up the lead into the kick, so we’ll see how he looks in the second half. Justin Reid is still handling kickoffs.

Mid second quarter update: Butker returned to the sideline and was doing some warmups. The team elected to go for it on fourth and goal after that and scored a touchdown. Reid was back on for the extra point and missed it.

The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a tough injury early in their Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Kicker Harrison Butker was carted to the locker room with what is being reported as an ankle injury. He suffered the injury on a kickoff early in the game.

The Chiefs do not have another kicker on the roster and safety Justin Reid is the team’s emergency kicker. If Butker is going to miss any time, they’ll likely have kickers in to work out on Monday. Reid converted an extra point in place of Butker.

Butker is among the best kickers in the league and a consistent fantasy threat. There are plenty of veteran kickers available in free agency, and Kansas City is a good situation for a kicker. There are plenty of options to consider on waivers, whether it be the Chiefs next kicker or someone already playing available on waivers. There’s no need to invest a high waiver position in a kicker, but you can instead just wait and use any waiver priority on a more significant roster addition.