Chiefs LB Nick Bolton to undergo wrist surgery, out for six to eight weeks


The Kansas City Chiefs will be without one of their top linebackers for the next couple of months. Nick Bolton, who suffered a dislocated wrist in Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Chargers, will undergo surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles, sources told ESPN and NFL Network.

Bolton is expected to miss six to eight weeks, depending on his recovery, the sources said. He injured his wrist on a tackle of wide receiver Keenan Allen in the fourth quarter of the game.

Bolton has been a key contributor for the Chiefs’ defense since joining the team as a second-round pick in 2020. He started 12 games as a rookie and all 17 games this season. He ranks sixth on the team in tackles with 28 and also has two passes defensed and a fumble recovery.

The Chiefs will likely turn to Drue Tranquill to fill Bolton’s spot. Tranquill leads the team with 37 tackles and also has 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He played alongside Bolton on Sunday and also replaced him earlier in the season when Bolton missed three games with an ankle injury.

The Chiefs are 6-1 and in first place in the AFC West. They will face the New York Giants on Monday Night Football in Week 8.

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