Injury Report: Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins Out For Oakland Raiders Game


We’re going to have to wait at least one more week for the return of Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins to the lineup.

Both of the Kansas City Chiefs’ outside receivers were declared out for Sunday, while tight end Anthony Fasano was designated as ‘questionable.’ This will mark the second straight game the Chiefs will be without Avery and Jenkins. Avery hasn’t played since before the bye week after having surgery on his groin.

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Fasano’s case is a little interesting. After not practicing last week and missing the Seattle Seahawks game, Fasano has been limited in practice all week for the Chiefs. Typically this would likely mean Fasano would not play, given the pattern of how the Chiefs handle injuries like this, but the Chiefs also are pretty banged up at the position with Demetrius Harris being out for the season and Travis Kelce nursing a rib and shoulder issue. So what to do with Fasano?

It would seem the wise decision would be to let Fasano rest another week. Certainly the Chiefs cannot look past division rival Oakland but Fasano missing that game is less of a problem than if Fasano comes back too soon and misses two or three more weeks.

One would also think the Chiefs shouldn’t have too many problems moving the ball minus Fasano given the way the offense was able to run the ball against Seattle without him. De’Anthony Thomas is starting to get into the mix, and the Chiefs do still have a healthy version of Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis in the backfield. It would seem the Chiefs should still be able to execute their offensive gameplan against Oakland without Fasano on the field.

On the other hand, if Kelce goes down and the Chiefs are stuck with Philip Supernaw…

To round up the Chiefs’ injury situation, Chris Owens will be out yet again for the Chiefs as he’s still trying to figure out the situation with his knee. Jamell Fleming is listed as questionable.

On the Oakland Raiders side of things, rookie quarterback Derek Carr has been limited in practice due to a quad injury. He is expected to play but that just adds one more handicap to a team that really cannot afford to add more degrees of difficulty.

Tight end David Ausberry, cornerback T.J. Carrie, safety Jonathan Dowling, and cornerback Carlos Rogers did not practice on Tuesday. Their status for tomorrow night is unknown at the time of this writing.