Kansas City Chiefs hope Kyle Long back by start of regular season after knee injury in practice

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs are hopeful guard Kyle Long can return for the start of the regular season after he injured his knee Wednesday.

Coach Andy Reid revealed Thursday that Long's injury was to his knee and that the Chiefs are still evaluating the injury, but didn't think he suffered ligament damage.

"There's a chance he has to have surgery on it, but we'll see,'' Reid said.

Long was signed by the Chiefs in the offseason after he ended his retirement after one year. He wrote about the injury on his Twitter account Thursday.

"I did everything I could to get back for football," Long said. "Zero regrets. ... Focusing on controlling the things I can control. Yesterday was not one of those things!"

Long, 32, was working as the starting right guard at offseason practice. Other candidates to start include Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and rookie Trey Smith.

Drafted 20th overall by the Chicago Bears in 2013, Long missed just one game over his first three seasons, in which he was selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls. He appeared in just 30 regular-season contests over his last four years with the team because of a variety of injuries. He announced his retirement in January of last year.