But when starting cornerback Brandon Flowers left the lineup recently with a bruised foot, they turned to a safety, Travis Daniels to take his place. That doesn’t bode well for the Chiefs’ chances if either Flowers or their other starting cornerback, newcomer Stanford Routt, encounters a long-term injury.
Flowers, who was injured in Tuesday night’s practice, won’t be out long. He didn’t practice on Thursday but he could return as soon as Friday.
“We’ll treat it and rest it and then he’ll get back out there pretty soon, hopefully,” coach Romeo Crennel said.
The one thing about Travis Daniels is that he’s always ready. Details aren’t necessary. He’s willing to jump in whenever, wherever.
“If I’m not careful, when someone goes down Travis is in the game right away and so he doesn’t miss an opportunity,” said head coach Romeo Crennel. “He’s a pro, he understands that every rep is important and he’s in-tune to the game, he’s in-tune to practice, and every time he gets a chance to go out there he goes out there.
The Chiefs, who were out of healthy fullbacks, signed Patrick DiMarco, though he won’t be able to practice in pads until Saturday because players cannot practice until their third day after reporting. By then, second-year fullback Shane Bannon, who has a strained abdomen, could return.
The Chiefs lost another fullback, Taylor Gentry, on Tuesday when it was determined he could not pass the club’s physical. Rookie running back Nate Eachus stepped in at fullback in the few plays the Chiefs deployed the position on Thursday.
However, that changed Thursday when star pass-rusher Tamba Hali addressed Bowe’s absence. Bowe did not report to training camp last Thursday. He has not signed his franchise tender. He did not participate in the offseason program.
When asked about the overall talent on the roster (Bowe’s absence was not part of the question) Hali responded with this: “I don’t want to talk about our talent, but we have our players, we have who we need here. Everybody is here ready to go. We need (WR Dwayne) Bowe to come get ready so we can win this AFC West. We need every guy that’s in here, so right now we are focused on the guys that are here.”