In case you haven’t heard, the Chiefs are in the playoffs. They secured their first spot in the post season since 2010 on the back of a blowout win 56-31 against the Oakland Raiders yesterday. A small note in the Chiefs last two wins, both blowouts by the way, is that the Chiefs won without several starters who have been out battling injuries. On that front, head coach Andy Reid had some good news in his weekly Monday press conference.
“If we practiced today, we’d have most of them back and ready to go.” – Andy Reid
Justin Houston went out in the first half of the game agains the San Diego Chargers with a sublexed elbow. Though he has returned to practice, Reid has held him out. Anthony Fasano and Branden Albert went down in the second game against the Denver Broncos. Albert had a a knee sprain and Fasano had a concussion. Of course Dexter McCluster came up lame this last week during practice with an infection on his ankle.
The fact that all of these starters are returning to their healthy status is fantastic news for the Chiefs as they get ready to play the last two games of the regular season. Coming back from injury is hard enough, trying to jump back into the swing of things as the team is rolling towards the playoffs is even harder. These guys need to get back into the mix, just to get back into game playing shape. The Chiefs are in the playoffs but aren’t out of the running for the division. It would only take a slip by the Denver Broncos to put the Chiefs into the #1 Seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
The bottom line is, the Chiefs are getting healthy at just the right time. This only means good things for this Chiefs team moving into the post season.