The Kansas City Chiefs released their injury report for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals and there are a handful of very important names that could be forced to sit out.
Tony Moeaki (head)
Jon McGraw (knee/head)
Kendrick Lewis (hamstring)
Ryan Lilja (foot)
Dexter McCluster (ankle)
Brian Waters (shoulder)
Losing Moeaki isn’t much of a surprise considering the hit he took last week, but spending another week without McGraw is going to hurt. We saw how much the secondary missed him as the Broncos had their way with the Chiefs defense. Having one of the players that tried to fill in for him, Washington, also on the injury report isn’t promising. Kansas City is dangerously thin at safety and at this rate will have to rush even less players than they already do to try and keep everyone covered in the passing game.
The offensive line, which has been playing with the bare minimum already could also be in big time trouble. Losing Waters or Lilja would be a blow, but both? It’s a real possibility, which would press either Rudy Niswanger or Barry Richardson into duty from their normal positions over to guard. Todd Haley could choose to promote Darryl Washington from the practice squad, but I don’t know that the team wants to shuffle the roster that much.
Once they got past the terrible spinal/neck injuries to Maurice Leggett and Cameron Sheffield in the preseason, the Chiefs actually found themselves as one of the healthiest times in the league for a stretch. That time is clearly gone as they are starting to lose not just role players but key contributors even beyond Dexter McCluster.