In a developing story, Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. did not show up on Day 1 of training camp. It’s clear he’s holding out, but what’s unclear is when he plans on showing up to play.

Brown Jr.’s absence is not a big surprise, however. The early surprise of Day 1 would be the fact that Roderick Johnson started at left tackle with the 1s. According to Pro Football Reference, Johnson played his first three seasons with the Houston Texans and was released on August 18th, 2021, a few months after receiving a one-year contract from the Texans.

Johnson did not play in 2021, as a team did not sign him once he became a free agent. He was a part of the Miami Dolphins practice squad, but was never called up to the 53-man roster.

The Chiefs signed him to a reserve futures contract this offseason, which certainly adds to the surprise Johnson was practicing with the 1s.

With a situation like this, you have to remember, that it is only the first day of training camp. Someone else could very well be with the 1s on Day 2 or even later on Day 1. But at the same time, we now have a trend to monitor and pay attention to as we move forward.

Many assumed Joe Thuney would take over in Brown Jr.’s stead, but the Chiefs already know that Thuney can play at left tackle. So, it’s likely they are trying out as many options at left tackle as possible in hopes of finding an adequate replacement. If they do that, then they can keep Thuney at left guard and won’t have to worry about shuffling the offensive line around. Which makes a lot of sense, if that’s the plan.

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