If Tamba Hali and Eric Fisher are going to play in Saturday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, they’ll have to do it without practices under their belt this week.
For the second straight day, the linebacker and right tackle were unable to practice. Fisher was out on the field early in the week, but that’s when he strained his groin and hasn’t gotten the helmet back on since. Hali has been out all week and missed the loss to the San Diego Chargers — though he wouldn’t have played even if he were healthy.
Of the two, Hali is much more likely to play than Fisher. The veteran has been ridiculously durable during his career, missing just three games in eight seasons. Head coach Andy Reid also told reporters he isn’t worried about rust, but just the health of his knee.
“We’re not going to put him out there if can’t play,” Reid said. “I think at this point of the year, he knows the scheme and he’s got it down. The important thing is the swelling is out of his knee and we’re sure that what’s causing the swelling is a position where it’s not hurting him for the future.”
My money is on Hali giving it a go the way he has throughout his career. On the other hand, it would be a surprise if Fisher played and Donald Stephenson, who has filled in at both tackle spots, is a more than capable backup.
Once you get past those two injuries, the Chiefs are healthy heading into Sunday’s playoff game.
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