The Kansas City Chiefs have played the waiting game all offseason with Orlando Brown Jr., but that game will officially come to a screeching halt when veterans report to training camp on July 26.

That’s because not only is Tuesday the official report date for veterans – it’s also because Andy Reid and co. will move on from the saga. Brown Jr. is expected to play under the franchise tag, but there’s still a chance he could miss the start of training camp and even Week 1 of the regular season.

It’s nothing personal. And it’s nothing that will affect Brown Jr.’s playing status if/and/or when he returns. It’s something the Chiefs have to do: they have to make sure they have the best personnel on the field for camp.

It’s that simple. And Reid made it very clear how the Chiefs plan to live life without Brown Jr. – if it comes to that, of course.

“If he’s here, great,” Reid told reporters Friday. “And if he’s not, we move on. That’s how we’ve done it in the past. This isn’t the first time I’ve been through something like this. My thing is we just go. We know Joe Thuney can do it in a heartbeat.”

As we’ve discussed, the Chiefs have enough personnel to get by without Brown Jr. in the lineup. Thuney would move to guard, it’s expected that Nick Allegretti would take over at left guard, and then it would be either Andrew Wylie or rookie Darian Kinnard at right tackle. And then there’s Lucas Niang, but he’s currently on the Active/PUP list.

There’s zero doubt the offensive line, and the offense as a whole, is better with Brown Jr. in the lineup. But the Chiefs can’t force him to play (literally), so they’re just going to have to make do with what they have.

The good news is Brown Jr. knows the offense, obviously. However, he’s missed out on the new installs since he hasn’t shown up to any of the earlier offseason workouts/programs.

So Brown Jr. will have to play catch-up whenever he does return.

“It’s hard to make that (time) up,” said Reid. “That’s just logical. But he has a foundation of the plays that we run and the things that we do. He missed all of the OTAs, so the new stuff that we’ve put in is where he’ll have to catch up.

“I think players, with time, are able to sort that out, the business side and the football side. For the most part, the ones I’ve been around did a great job with that. And then they show up and do their football part. Orlando is going to be paid pretty good money.”

It remains to be seen how much that will affect things, but it shouldn’t be too steep a hill for Brown Jr. to climb.

And at this point, the Chiefs would probably be happy just to have him under some kind of contract and on the field.

You can check out the full interview with Reid, below:

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