When Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid met with the media Monday, he gave a quick rundown on the injury situation. He mentioned left tackle Branden Albert, cornerback Brandon Flowers and defensive tackle Dontari Poe.
Noticeably absent was tight end Anthony Fasano. Since Reid didn’t touch on every injured player, it seemed he was just passing over a player that hasn’t seen the field since he suffered an ankle injury Week 2 in a win over the Dallas Cowboys.
But Reid thinks the man brought in to be one of quarterback Alex Smith’s top targets could finally play after four game layoff.
“Yeah, there’s a chance,” Reid told reporters. “I didn’t mention him because of that. We should be okay. He had a pretty rough workout yesterday, as far as being pushed along there and he handled that well. He felt good today.”
The combination of Fasano going down and third-round pick Travis Kelce’s season-ending knee injury has opened the door for unknowns Sean McGrath and Kevin Brock.
While Brock has served mostly as a blocker, McGrath (and his now famous beard) is the Chiefs fourth leading receiver, just behind wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Getting Fasano back would be a huge boost for a struggling Chiefs offense. But before any of us count on him contributing, he’ll need to get through a week of practice first. If the veteran can practice all week on the heels of the tough workout he dealt with over the weekend, then Smith can think about having one of his safety blankets back.