The Kansas City Chiefs have announced their list of seven inactive players for today’s game against the New York Giants. Unfortunately for the Chiefs defense, they will have to play without their top cornerback, starting guard and two tight ends.
G Jeff Allen, QB Tyler Bray, TE Anthony Fasano, CB Brandon Flowers, DT Jaye Howard, OL Rishaw Johnson, TE Travis Kelce
It hurts to be without Fasano and Kelce plus Allen on offense, but the offense has proven over the first three weeks they can overcome those losses. The same can’t be said for Flowers, especially this week against a potent Giants passing game.
Flowers played through a knee injury last week until it forced him out of the game late. He had trouble getting out on the practice field the last few days and that’s led him to being inactive. Immediately the most important players on defense now are cornerbacks Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith.
If you’re looking for some positives to take away from this batch of inactive players, it starts with safety Kendrick Lewis. Like Flowers, Lewis was questionable coming into the game after hurting his ankle early in the week. Being without Flowers is tough, having to make up for the loss of a starting safety as well would be that much worse.
Another positive is rookie LB Nico Johnson being active for the first time this season. Though he was nursing an ankle injury suffered in the preseason, he had become a healthy scratch. Johnson should get a chance on special teams to prove he deserves to be back in the discussion at inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson.