If the Kansas City Chiefs final injury report for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers is any indication, head coach Andy Reid could be without several key players.
The team already knows they won’t have the services of defensive lineman Mike Devito, who once again was unable to practice Friday and ruled out. The status of three other linemen — guard Jon Asamoah, tackle Eric Fisher and defensive end Tyson Jackson — is still up in the air.
Asamoah and Jackson are questionable, while Fisher is doubtful. If the Chiefs are forced to go without any combination of those three in addition to Devito, it will be the first time this season both lines will have their depth challenged.
On the offensive line, it would be Geoff Schwartz and Donald Stephenson stepping in. Both have shown they can serve as capable fill ins, but I’d be a little more worried on the defensive line if the Chiefs end up missing anyone in addition to Devito.
If Jackson joins Devito on the sidelines, it could force both Allen Bailey and Mike Catapano into extended playing time. We’ve seen flashes from both players, but if either — or both — end up playing starter’s snaps, can they get enough pressure to help out Dontari Poe in the middle? Getting Jackson on the field would render that question moot and let the two players rotate more freely for defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.
The Chargers actually received some good news with Friday’s final injury report. Starting center Nick Hardwick was upgraded back to a full participant in practice and is probable. Despite WR Eddie Royal missing practice for the third straight day, he was listed as questionable, leaving the door open for him to suit up against the Chiefs.