If the Kansas City Chiefs are going to stay perfect this weekend, they’ll have to do it with one of the longest injury reports in the NFL. 14 Chiefs players are listed on the first report of the week, including 11 starters.
Leading the way is do-everything running back Jamaal Charles, who battled through blisters on his feet last week to help Kansas City shutdown the New York Giants. Hopefully this time off helps Charles bounce back for Sunday when the Chiefs face a stout defense.
Of the other four players that sat out, starters Brandon Flowers, Kendrick Lewis and Eric Fisher are among them.
Flowers wasn’t able to play last week due to a knee injury that knocked him out late against the Philadelphia Eagles. His running mate in the defensive backfield, Lewis, played last week, but had to battle a sprained ankle to do it. Fisher also played last week, but left after an inadvertent shot from tight end Sean McGrath gave him a concussion.
Three more of the Chiefs starters on the offensive line — Rodney Hudson, Jon Asamoah and Jeff Allen — found their way to the injury report as limited participants. Allen didn’t play against the Giants because of a groin strain, but veteran Geoff Schwartz filled in admirably.
Maybe bigger than any of the injuries other than Charles is Dustin Colquitt’s. The punter took a nasty shot to his knee on a tipped punt, something that nearly knocked him out of the win over New York early. The fact he’s able to practice is a good sign, but if the Chiefs bring in another punter, it will officially be time to worry.
Also on the Chiefs longest injury report of the year are the top three tight ends. Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce have been staples here and shouldn’t be expected back even with the veteran able to practice. The man picking up the slack, Sean McGrath, is a new addition after leaving last weekend’s game briefly when his knee was turned awkwardly.
The Titans had six players that couldn’t practice Wednesday, but overall their first injury report was only eight deep.
Did Not Participate
Did Not Participate
Sammie Lee Hill
Out (Definitely Will Not Play)