Chiefs’ Derrick Johnson posts photo from hospital bed, thanks fans for support

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Derrick Johnson took to Instagram Sunday afternoon to show his appreciation for the support he’s received after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon during Thursday’s win over the Oakland Raiders.

He posted the photo from his hospital bed showing his bandaged left ankle, saying that he is beginning his journey to physical recovery, but added that “mentally I still have unfinished business.”

“I want to thank everyone for all of the prayers and support I have gotten through this minor setback. My road to recovery starts now physically but mentally I still have unfinished business. Our Goal is still the same and I am still a Chief, so let’s go chase this RING! #easilymotivated #blessedalways,” Johnson captioned the photo.

The Chiefs’ leading tackler sustained the injury late in the second quarter Thursday night, and had to be helped off the field by Chiefs training staff. ESPN later reported that Johnson would undergo surgery on Saturday.

“It hurts for sure,” quarterback Alex Smith said, according to Chiefs.com. “I think just even watching it for me. He is a guy that I respect so much and then just to see it. The look on his face and just the way it happened. It looked like it was serious. So bummed.”

“We’ll be all right,” Reid added. “We’re not going to have another D.J., but we’ll be all right. Nobody is going to hang their head. The next guy is going to step in – whoever they are. We’ll do good, and we’ll roll.”

While Johnson’s absence on the field will leave a glaring hole on the Chiefs’ defense, the team is no stranger to injuries this season, and as with the losses of guys like Jamaal Charles, Justin Houston, or Jeremy Maclin, the team is dedicated to the next man filling in.

“That’s the game of football,” Houston said. “Next man up. That’s what happened with me. They played the first eight games this season without me and they did a great job. So it’s next man up. I’m going to pray for him and hope he stays strong. I know he’ll stay strong but the next man needs to be prepared.”

“We’ll be all right,” Andy Reid said. “We’re not going to have another D.J., but we’ll be all right. Nobody is going to hang their head. The next guy is going to step in – whoever they are. We’ll do good, and we’ll roll.”