The Kansas City Chiefs have announced their list of seven inactive players for today’s game against the Tennessee Titans. While there are no major surprises among the players inactive, there’s some very good news regarding who isn’t on the list.
QB Tyler Bray, TE Anthony Fasano, OT Eric Fisher, DT Jaye Howard, LB Nico Johnson, TE Travis Kelce, C Eric Kush
Fisher and Kelce had already been ruled out earlier in the week, so Andy Reid was already planning on playing without his No. 1 overall pick and backup tight end. Donald Stephenson will step in and start at right tackle in place of Fisher.
The Chiefs had listed Fasano as questionable, but clearly he’s still not ready to come back from an ankle injury suffered Week 1. That means we’ll continue to see Sean McGrath and Kevin Brock serve as the Chiefs tight ends for at least another week.
There is good news here, with CB Brandon Flowers leading the way. The Chiefs best corner couldn’t play last week against the New York Giants because of a knee injury. His teammates picked him up and held the explosive Giants receivers mostly in check. Thankfully defensive coordinator Bob Sutton won’t have to lean too much on his depth again this week unless Flowers tweaks that knee.
Getting G Jeff Allen back is also a huge bonus for Kansas City. He was unable to play against the Giants thanks to a strained groin, but after practicing this week he’ll be back in the starting lineup today.
The bad news continues for Nico Johnson, Kansas City’s fourth-round pick. He was expected to potentially work his way into a starting role next to Derrick Johnson at linebacker. Instead, he’s once again a healthy scratch after playing last week.