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Kansas City Chiefs Need To Get Healthy For Playoffs

With just two weeks left in the 2013 regular season, the Kansas City Chiefs have finally locked up a playoff spot.

Believe it or not, because the Broncos lost, the Chiefs still have a shot to lock up the AFC West crown. It’s a long-shot, with the Broncos playing Houston and Oakland in the next two weeks, but anything is possible in the NFL. Both teams are at 11-3 and both have clinched a playoff spot.

From here on out, it’s a race to see who can win the most games.

While that will be a major storyline heading into the next two games, the Chiefs main focus right now should be taking it one game at a time, and getting healthy for the playoffs.

Head coach Andy Reid addressed injuries in his Monday presser:

“Ok, injuries, Demetrius Harris sprained his ankle in practice last week. He has a slight high ankle, well it’s not even slight, he has a high ankle sprain. We’ll just see how he does here,” the coach explained.

“Dexter McCluster, he’s making progress, we’ll see how he does here in the next couple of days as we get closer to Wednesday’s practice, but he is moving around better. Branden Albert is doing better. (Anthony) Fasano is doing better. (Eric) Fisher, who was hurt yesterday, he’s actually doing a little bit better today.”

Reid said that star outside linebacker Justin Houston is “doing better” and reported that James-Michael Johnson has a slight AC sprain. He ended the injury report on a pretty optimistic note, saying, “If we would have practiced today, we would have most of them back and ready to go.”

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The sooner Houston gets back, the better it will be for Kansas City’s playoff hopes in 2013. Players like Fasano, Fisher and Albert will be important for the offense as it gears up for a playoff run, as well.

Sometimes in the NFL, it’s not the best team that makes a run through the playoffs, but the healthiest and hottest team.

Kansas City is back on the winning track now and that’s good, but now the Chiefs must focus on getting healthy.

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Tags: Andy Reid Anthony Fasano Branden Albert Dexter McCluster Eric Fisher James-Michael Johnson Justin Houston Kansas City Chiefs

  • Troy Utt

    I can’t wait for Houston to be back on the field! His return is huge in regards to KC’s success whether it’s finishing out the season or making a run in the play-offs! I will however contend that the impact made on our offense by Schwartz & Stephenson since Albert has been out has been “night & day!” Not only has the play of the OL allowed Smith to be more productive, but the effect on our running game has been obvious as well… With the last 4 weeks producing our highest scoring games of the season it leaves little room for discussion to the otherwise…
    Maybe I’m looking at this all wrong??? Am I just paranoid with the ole,
    “if it aint broke don’t fix it?” Game-Day can’t get here quick enough.

  • Paul Wilkins

    All it’s going to take is for them to continue to play like a family for the rest of the way!

  • Davé

    That photo shows just how huge these guys are. Damn is Houston a big one

  • tomflex

    Every team, each year has to deal with players going down and being out for a period of time. Good teams hate it but expect it and find ways to survive it. It’s never good when a player goes down but the impact of his absence is valuable information you would never get otherwise.

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  • 2dogs

    Thanks Andrew for getting to the most important topic. Winning when it counts is the most important thing. Too many bloggers hung up on these most likely meaningless last two games.

  • tomflex

    Andrew….nice piece. Getting our players back on the field is key to the team functioning at 100% and if there is ever a critical time to be at 100% it’s in the playoffs. Of course we have no control over what happens the next 2 regular season games …we have to play them and just hope for the best.

  • Tristian Shelley

    Im also eager for Houston to be back. We face 2 so called elite QB’s the next 2 weeks so having him would be huge. The way the offense is playing though it may not matter. Id be dissapointed if Indianapolis scored more than 20 on us Sunday.

  • Joe M.

    I would like to see them all back and healthy. I think it would be good for them to have a game befor we start the play-off`s.