The Kansas City Chiefs are likely to be without starting defensive end Tyson Jackson this week due to an MCL injury he suffered during Monday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers. Also injured in that game was Jackson’s backup, Wallace Gilberry. As Bob Gretz of CBS Sports notes, things aren’t looking good for Gilberry playing this weekend.
DE Wallace Gilberry was working in the rehab area during the open portion of practice. He’s battling a back injury that he suffered Monday night. It appeared Gilberry’s participation on Thursday was going to be strictly riding the bike. He was not wearing shoulder pads and did not have a helmet on while on the field.
Glenn Dorsey was amazing against the Chargers, but he will need some help on the other side of the line to have a repeat performance. Shaun Smith and Alex Magee are the only other ends on the roster. Don’t forget that Magee was inactive last week and can’t be counted on to get much accomplished.
Outside of Tamba Hali, Gilberry is arguably the Chiefs best pass rusher. If he is unable to go Sunday, not only will that leave the base defense thin but also deliver a huge blow to the nickel package.
Maybe the Chiefs are just being cautious with Gilberry, though it’s troubling that they aren’t allowing him to wear his helmet during practice.