One preseason trade (Ragland) paid off Monday, the other (Erving) might soon

Chiefs starting guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, above, could be out against the Texans, which could open the door for Cameron Erving. Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs saw their first dividend from a pair of preseason trades in Monday night's win against Washington when inside linebacker Reggie Ragland made his first start of the season.

Another could possibly come Sunday night against the Texans in Houston. With starting guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif likely out after injuring his left knee against Washington, the Chiefs need a replacement and among the options for a starter in Houston is Cameron Erving.

Ragland and Erving, each a high pick in their respective drafts, were acquired by the Chiefs in separate trades shortly before the start of the season. Ragland, a second-round pick in 2016, came from the Buffalo Bills and Erving, a first-round choice in 2015, arrived from the Cleveland Browns.

Ragland played on 21 of Washington's 50 snaps and got in on one tackle. He replaced Ramik Wilson, who played only on special teams.

"We brought Reggie here to see what he was all about," coach Andy Reid said. "We had a chance to evaluate him.

"He gives us another tough kid in there against the run and actually covered the pass pretty good, too, the pass game part of it. We wanted to give him an opportunity he hasn't had a chance to show. We sure liked him coming out of college and obviously Buffalo did too they drafted him high and we were right there with them. We understood why they took him and he brings good leadership and a physical presence about him."

Erving has played only on special teams since joining the Chiefs. He is but one option among many the Chiefs have in replacing Duvernay-Tardif. Staying with Jordan Devey, who replaced Duvernay-Tardif against Washington, is one. Former starter Parker Ehinger, who hasn't played this season after injuring his knee last year, is another.

"We've got some choices here, depending on who comes back or if anybody comes back from injury," Reid said. "Then you've got Cameron Erving, who's a good player and Devey did a nice job.

"We'll just see. We've got some people in there and Ehinger's had some experience in there, too. We have some decisions we can make and pretty good ones, along with Devey, I'm not telling you Devey's not the guy either. He did a nice job [after] settling down."