The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers knowing four players have already been ruled out of Sunday’s game.
We already knew QB Matt Cassel would sit out this week with a concussion and joining him on the sidelines will be DE Glenn Dorsey, RB Peyton Hillis and WR Devon Wylie. Dorsey, Hillis and Wylie all missed last week’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Chiefs could also be without WR Jon Baldwin, WR Terrance Copper, RB Cyrus Gray and DE Ropati Pitoitua, who were all listed as “questionable” for this weekend.
Baldwin missed practice on Thursday before getting back into the swing of things on Friday and should be able to go for new starting QB Brady Quinn.
Copper was a new addition to the Chiefs injury report and, as a key special teams player, would be missed dearly by coverage units that have had plenty of problems already this season.
Hillis being out makes Gray’s inability to practice a huge blow to Kansas City’s backfield. The rookie running back missed the Chiefs last two practices due to illness and would guarantee more carries for Shaun Draughn.
The Chiefs missed Pitoitua last week up front against the Ravens. The big man is Dorsey’s backup, which left just Tyson Jackson and Allen Bailey as defensive ends active for Romeo Crennel’s defense. He would be a huge addition if he is able to fight through his elbow injury.
For the second straight day, the Bucs injury report included four names, though all should be ready to go in Tampa Sunday afternoon.
Jalil Brown (Hamstring)
Shaun Draughn (Ankle)
Kendrick Lewis (Shoulder)
Ryan Lilja (Back)
Jon Baldwin (Hamstring)
Terrance Copper (Calf)
Cyrus Gray (Illness)
Ropati Pitoitua (Elbow)
Matt Cassel (Concussion)
Glenn Dorsey (Calf)
Peyton Hillis (Ankle)
Devon Wylie (Hamstring)