The Kansas City Chiefs have released their injury report for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. The same players that were listed on Thursday were all still on this final version.
Brandon Flowers (hamstring)
Branden Albert (groin)
Ryan Lilja (foot)
Dexter McCluster (ankle)
Jon McGraw (head)
Tony Moeaki (head)
All questionable players outside of McGraw were full participants in practice on Friday afternoon. McGraw was listed as limited.
It’s not exactly a secret that being without Flowers is going to make it awfully tough on the Chiefs defense. Todd Haley talked Friday about not necessarily moving Javier Arenas from nickel to the outside, which means veteran Travis Daniels or completely untested Ricky Price. I understand the theory of not wanting to weaken two spots, but I think you have to move Arenas. You’re just asking for trouble to put someone that’s been playing strictly special teams on the field for every defensive snap.
The group of questionable players will all have an impact if they are ready to go. I would expect Albert and Lilja to suit up, but McCluster, McGraw and Moeaki are all bigger question marks.
The Kansas City offense hasn’t been quite the same since McCluster went down with his ankle sprain and he has been active in practice, it’s just so hard for a guy that relies on elusiveness to play with that sort of injury. Moeaki and McGraw not only have to convince their bodies that they are ready to contribute, but also then show the doctors that they should be cleared. The NFL is not going to take any chances when it comes to head injuries, meaning if there’s any question about lingering effects of a concussion, that player is staying on the sidelines.