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Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco returns to game in Week 1 vs. Lions

Chiefs RB comes up slowly after a run on Thursday night in Week 1.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (10) warms up against the Cleveland Browns prior to a game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.  Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Update: Pacheco has returned to the game and appears to be fine after a couple of quick touches.

Update: Pacheco is spotted on the sideline, ready to back in for Kansas City’s next drive. It seems the issue was just a cramp, and trainers were able to help him work it out on the sideline.

The Kansas City Chiefs are taking on the Detroit Lions in Week 1’s version of Thursday Night Football to open the NFL season. Running back Isiah Pacheco has had a slow start to the game and adds injury to insult. After a carry to the left side for one of his best runs of the day, he came up slowly and limped off the field with trainers.

The early indication was that Pacheco pointed to his hip as he came off the field. It turns out that he was just cramping in the first game of the year. The athletic trainers worked with him on the sideline, and he popped up and was ready to go back into the game. The Chiefs lead the Lions 14-7 in the second quarter. At the time of his injury, the second-year running back had four carries for only 11 yards. It has been a slow game, but maybe he can ramp it up after getting this cramp fixed.