Most of the news for the Kansas City Chiefs is good on their final injury report before Sunday’s matchup with the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. The key word here is “most” with two key defensive backs potentially forced to sit out.
The Chiefs final injury report includes 14 players, but ten of those are probable, including starters Jeff Allen, Donnie Avery, Jamaal Charles, Dustin Colquitt, Eric Fisher and Justin Houston.
Houston had been a question mark all week as the team put him through concussion protocol. After participating fully in practice Friday, the teams leading pass rusher seems good to go against inexperienced Raiders starting QB Terrelle Pryor.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they could be without cornerback Brandon Flowers and safety Kendrick Lewis, who are both listed as questionable.
Flowers had been nursing a knee injury and then tweaked his healthy knee during practice on Friday. He was already going to have to play through pain to get on the field, but with both knees giving him trouble it would have to be considered an upset if he is able to play.
Lewis sat out practice to start the week, but was upgraded to a limited participant on Friday. Seeing him improve as the week went along is a good sign for him to suit up Sunday. If he isn’t able to go, that will put more pressure on Husain Abdullah.
The Raiders will be dealing with plenty of their own injury issues.
Their top two running backs, Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden are both questionable. It would appear Jennings is more likely to play, but neither will be near full strength if they are able to suit up.
Oakland already ruled out starting center Stefen Wisniewski, which is music to the ears of Dontari Poe. The young Chiefs defensive tackle has been nearly unblockable this season and now he’ll get to work against a Raiders offensive line trying to adjust to a new starting alignment inside.