Update 5:00 PM CST: Great news! Glenn Dorsey’s MRI is apparently negative! From Red Zone:
Glenn Dorsey’s knee injury isn’t as bad as the Chiefs initially feared.
Their top draft pick has a sprained knee and won’t play in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Bears in Chicago. But they are hopeful he could play in the following game on Aug. 16 against Arizona at Arrowhead Stadium.
Phew! You can breathe, Chiefs fans. It looks like like Glenn Dorsey is going to be OK. Former DB over at Chiefs Coalition has a great report that’s right out of the training room. Thanks to Jason for the find. From Chiefs Coalition:
Dorsey laid on the table and the trainer grabbed his left knee and took it through a series of bends to test the ligaments. The head trainer pulled Dorsey’s bottom leg forward and pushed it back, then looked at his assistant and said “it’s tight, it feels strong.” Then he moved the leg from side-to-side, testing the other ligaments. He sensed the normal give in the knee but asked Dorsey if it hurt. Dorsey said “naw”. Then Dorsey pointed to the spot where it hurt (right side of the knee which is inside). The trainer put his thumb on that spot, applied pressure and Dorsey said “right there.” The trainer’s eyes got big (as if to say that’s all there is?), he then told Dorsey he tweaked his knee.
After looking at that and what Bob Gretz and others had to say, it looks like Swamp Thing will probably miss the Bears game, and that’s about it. I don’t think this will have any real effect on the season the rookie has. In fact, I think an increased role for Tank Tyler over the course of the next few weeks could be a blessing in disguise.
Branden Albert, however, is a different story. The recent news is bleak. While there isn’t much of an adjustment for Dorsey, Albert adjusting from guard in college to left tackle in the pros will be a huge transition. It’s great that Herb Taylor is getting some burn, but it’s clear that Herb is more of a right tackle. He simply does not have Albert’s God-given talent. From Bob Gretz’s blog:
Chiefs officials here for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies say the best case scenario is Albert will miss three to four weeks because of a foot injury.
That makes his presence for the New England regular season opener very much in doubt.
The rookie left tackle suffered the injury this past Thursday night during a practice session with the Minnesota Vikings. It occurred when someone stepped on his foot during a play. Albert left the field and then returned and took two more snaps before coming off the field.
The more likely scenario is that Albert will miss four or five weeks. If the injury heals slowly, then it could be six weeks.
After reading that, it’s hard to see any future but a doom-and-gloom one for our Chiefs. Let’s just hope he can be at full strength for the game against the Pats opening week. Brodie Croyle, Larry Johnson and Co. will need Phat Albert to have success.