Mitchell Schwartz of the Kansas City Chiefs is still on injured reserve and will not be eligible for Sunday's Super Bowl, ending Cal's amazing streak of Super Bowl starts. Schwartz suffered a knee injury during Week 15 against the Oakland Raiders. He was able to play through the pain until he was tackled by a pair of defenders near the goal line with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter. The next day it was revealed that Schwartz had ruptured his ACL and MCL and would be out for the season.
Schwartz is the second player from Cal to miss the game due to injury. Linebacker Cameron Jordan was sidelined by a shoulder injury for the NFC Championship Game against Atlanta. The Falcons defeated the Chiefs 28-21 to advance to their first Super Bowl appearance since they won back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998.
Cal finished the regular season 12-1 and ranked No. 6 in the AP poll. The Bears were eliminated from playoff contention when Schwartz got hurt. They still managed to beat out nine other teams for the No. 2 seed in the NFC by virtue of having more first place votes from conference coaches. Missouri was chosen over Cal as the other team in the playoffs.
Schwartz will miss the most of the 2020 NFL season due to an unknown back issue. He wasn't supposed to be away for long, but he was finally placed on injured reserve and never returned. Schwartz is scheduled to have surgery to correct the problem, and he hopes to be fully recovered by 2021. In his absence, Jay Ajayi will take over as the starter for the Dolphins.
Mitchell Schwartz had been playing well this season before he went down with an injury. He had previously scored 14, 13, and 10 touchdowns in his last three games. Miami was hoping they had found a future star at running back with Mark Walton being drafted earlier this year. Now that Schwartz is out for the season it looks like they'll be turning to Jay Ajayi again. Although he's not as effective as Schwartz, Ajayi still managed to score 12 touchdowns this season.
Schwartz's injury is a major blow to the Dolphins' offense. They already lost quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the season, so now they have no choice but to turn to Ajayi yet again. Despite having more than one opportunity to start during Schwartz's absence, he didn't show any sign of getting better. It seems like there's no way he can return this season, which makes him useless for fantasy purposes. As far as the real world is concerned, Schwartz could return this season and play all 16 games.
Back pain Mitchell Schwartz of the Kansas City Chiefs revealed on Wednesday that he would have surgery and is "looking forward to a healthy 2021" season after missing the most of the 2020 season due to a back ailment. The procedure was performed by Dr. Steven Linakis in Birmingham, Alabama.
Schwartz was expected to be out for the year but the Chiefs hoped he could return for their playoff run. He was placed on injured reserve after suffering multiple vertebrae fractures at the end of December.
The injury occurred during a Monday night game against the Oakland Raiders when Schwartz took a knee out of respect for those who have died from coronavirus and then was hit from behind by a teammate's shoulder pad. He was able to get up but had to be carted off the field and taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery two days later.
He is the second highest paid linebacker in the NFL and his loss will be significant for the Chiefs defense which already has one of the best in football this year. They are ranked first in points allowed (17.6 per game) and third in yards allowed (272.3 per game).
Schwartz has 88 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions this season.
The Kansas City Chiefs' offensive line saw a lot of changes in the summer of 2021. The dismissal of veteran Mitchell Schwartz after four seasons as the team's starting right tackle was one of the most major developments. Schwartz was replaced by former Vikings first-round pick Garrett Bradbury.
Bradbury started 15 games at right tackle for the Vikings last season and performed well enough that the team didn't feel the need to draft any tackles with their two picks in the draft. He'll likely compete with Tyler Barrick for the job in training camp this year but it looks like he has the inside track since he started more games than Barrick over the past two years.
Barrick played left tackle in 11 games last season after an injury to Alex Redmond forced the Vikings to move him there. He performed well enough that they don't seem ready to give up on him yet despite his lack of experience playing right tackle. He's still just 25 years old so there's no reason to think he can't develop into a quality starter if given the opportunity.
Schwartz was drafted by the Chiefs in 2015 after three successful seasons at Ohio State. He started all 16 games that year and didn't allow a single sack en route to being named a First Team All-American by several publications.