If the Kansas City Chiefs are going to stay out of the loss column Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, they may have to do it without several key players.
All week Andy Reid has been working with the longest injury report of the season with fourteen players. With the final designations made, the team has ruled two players out and three are questionable.
Both of the players sitting out are on offense in TE Travis Kelce and RT Eric Fisher. The rookies weren’t able to practice this week, so this shouldn’t be seen as a surprise. Kelce has been virtually invisible this season thanks to a knee injury, while Fisher left last week’s win over the New York Giants with a concussion.
Fisher’s spot was filled — and will continue to be — by Donald Stephenson, who is more than capable of holding things down on the right side of the offensive line. It’s important for the Chiefs to be extra cautious with Fisher’s concussion, because if he gets that second one, this can quickly turn into a much more serious situation.
Two starters in the defensive backfield, CB Brandon Flowers and S Kendrick Lewis, are listed as questionable on the final injury report. The Chiefs had to play without Flowers last week and he was limited the week before. Though rookie Marcus Cooper was surprisingly effective filling in against the Giants, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton can’t feel good about getting that sort of repeat performance from someone so inexperienced.
Also questionable is starting tight end Anthony Fasano. He’s been out since injuring his ankle in a Week 1 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars and at this point we should just keep expecting to see him in street clothes for the immediate future.
The best news for the Chiefs is the majority of the injury report is listed as probable. Even better, the biggest names — RB Jamaal Charles and P Dustin Colquitt — look like they are ready to go despite blister and knee injuries, respectively.
With three starting offensive linemen probable — including G Jeff Allen who missed the Giants game — it looks like Fisher will be the only starter unable to play against the Titans.