The Kansas City Chiefs are just a few days away from playing the Washington Redskins for the chance to improve to a 10-3 record, but not everybody will be good to go for this game.
Injuries have been an issue for the Chiefs ever since losing their first game to Denver a few weeks back, and it looks like some important players will be out heading into this all-important game at Washington.
Andy Reid updated the media with the latest.
“Alright, Branden Albert is listed as out. Justin Houston is listed as out. I’m going to get with (John) Dorsey right after this and talk about (Anthony) Fasano, he did not practice,” Reid said. (I’ll talk) with (Athletic Trainer) Rick (Burkholder) and have that situated and then we’ll go from there. It’ll be a stretch for him to make it in the game but we’ll see how all of that works. I’ll want to make sure I get all of the information. Everybody else practiced.”
Not having Albert available is a blow, and Justin Houston’s status shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. The one injury that will really hurt this team, and specifically the offense though, is Anthony Fasano.
He’s been a huge part of the offensive production as of late, but according to Reid, it’s the concussion he suffered against Denver that could hold him out.
“It would be the concussion part of it,” he said. “These things, you have to go through the protocol. I don’t want to stand here telling you something that is wrong. I don’t want to do that. I want to make sure I get you the full information.”
As far as who will replace Fasano if he can’t go this Sunday, Reid said, “(Dominique) Jones did take some reps, as did (Demetrius) Harris, but Jones got the majority of them with (Sean) McGrath and would seem like the logical one if (Anthony) Fasano can’t make it.”
Also, look for Donald Stephenson to replace Albert.
“Branden is a good player, but we’re fortunate to have good backups here that we consider as starters,” Reid said. “They’ve started enough games here that we feel comfortable saying that. Donald (Stephenson) is one of those. He’s had a good week of practice and prepared himself to play against a great player. I know he looks forward to that challenge.”
Even though the Redskins are just 3-9, they will present a challenge for the Chiefs; and winning on the road in the NFL is never easy.
The players who will be out there for Kansas City will undoubtedly have to step up.