When Andy Reid makes his return to Philadelphia Thursday night with the Kansas City Chiefs, he could be thin at two key positions if the final injury report is any indication.
The Chiefs continue to have trouble at tight end, with starter Anthony Fasano listed as doubtful with an ankle injury and unlikely to suit up. His backup, rookie Travis Kelce, has been fighting a knee problem since the preseason and is questionable. Kelce has yet to play on offense the first two weeks of the season.
No matter the final status of either player, we should expect to see a lot more of Sean McGrath, added to the roster just after final cuts. He caught two passes for 31 yards against the Dallas Cowboys and could find himself as the main target at tight end.
A fourth tight end, Kevin Brock, was signed as an insurance policy this week and it looks like he may have to play Sunday. Luckily he was with the Chiefs all preseason and even made it through final cuts before losing his roster spot when McGrath was claimed on waivers.
While the offense tries to adjust to changes at tight end, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton could be without Brandon Flowers. The cornerback is dealing with a knee injury and is questionable on the final injury report.
The Chiefs were able to overcome the loss of CB Dunta Robinson last week, but it would be tough to repeat that with Flowers. The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to hit on big plays more than any team in the league and if Flowers were unable to play, it would be music to Chip Kelly’s ears.
The rest of the players on the Chiefs injury report are probable, including starting left tackle Branden Albert and rookie LB Nico Johnson, looking to finally make his NFL debut.