The Kansas City Chiefs got back out on the practice field Monday after their extended break following Thursday night’s victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. If you are going to take anything away from the health of the team early in the week, it paints an ugly picture for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Six players were unable to practice, including five starters, according to The Star.
Leading the way is cornerback Brandon Flowers, who struggled with a knee problem last week and was forced out Thursday night to deal with the issue. Despite any struggles the Giants have had, they still have a great group of receivers which would make the loss of Flowers a huge problem.
Sitting out with Flowers was another starter in the defensive backfield, safety Kendrick Lewis. If he is unable to play this weekend because of trouble with his ankle, the Chiefs would lean heavily on Husain Abdullah and Quintin Demps.
Also continuing to miss time are the Chiefs top two tight ends, Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce. The veteran was ruled out before the Eagles game due to an ankle injury, while the rookie’s knee has kept him from contributing at all on offense through three games.
With Fasano and Kelce on the sidelines Thursday, it was Sean McGrath and his beard serving as QB Alex Smith’s safety blanket. The lingering injuries with the tight ends will also keep Kevin Brock on the 53-man roster at least through the weekend.
After going down during the Eagles game with a groin strain, guard Jeff Allen is on the mend. Veteran Geoff Schwartz can step right in on the offensive line, though it would challenge the depth if Allen wasn’t able to dress.
The Chiefs starting (and only) fullback Anthony Sherman was the fifth starter unable to go on Monday. Depending on how limited he is when Kansas City gets back on the field Wednesday, we could see undrafted free agent Toben Opurum called up from the practice squad.
Maybe head coach Andy Reid is just being very cautious out of the gate. After all, why not take advantage of the extra days of rest following the quick turnaround they had to deal with Thursday night?
If the Chiefs head out onto the practice field Wednesday with all six players still unable to participate, then it’s a good time to start worrying about their health for Sunday.