During the Kansas City Chiefs 17-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon, there were a few tense moments with players dealing with injuries.
The first came early in the second quarter on a six-yard Jamaal Charles run. Tackle Branden Albert fell to the ground (though some of us thought he was grabbing for a groin injury) with his shoulder hanging down.
The big man was able to walk off the field and was replaced in the lineup by second-year tackle Donald Stephenson. Albert got the shoulder worked on by the Chiefs trainers and was able to get back out there and try to stop a nasty Cowboys pass rush.
After the game, head coach Andy Reid didn’t seem concerned, especially considering he was able to come back and play at a high level.
When the Chiefs took a 14-13 lead with a huge Dwayne Bowe touchdown, it was Fasano taking what looked like a forearm to the chest at the end of the play. The tight end fell to the ground with an ankle injury that seemingly had nothing to do with the contact on the play.
Reid confirmed Fasano will have an x-ray Monday, but like Albert he was able to get back in the game. With rookie Travis Kelce nursing a knee injury and the inexperienced Sean McGrath the only other tight end on the roster, the Chiefs would be hard pressed to replace the veteran for any length of time.
The other injury seemed to strike the Chiefs defense when Mike DeVito had to leave with a stinger. Besides being “a bit sore”, Reid didn’t sound too worried about the defensive lineman.
In addition to all of the injured players — seemingly — having avoided anything serious, the Chiefs should also get Dunta Robinson back next week. He was unable to make it back to Arrowhead for the game while he deals with a personal matter.