The Kansas City Chiefs are starting to feel the effects of pounding on each other everyday in practice. On Tuesday, trainer Rick Burkholder took the microphone after practice, something that always has bad news right around the corner. Burkholder explained that rookie linebacker Justin March has a torn meniscus, while Allen Bailey and Eric Fisher both have high-ankle sprains.
This is in conjunction with De’Anthony Thomas having a strained calf and Jeff Allen have a sprained MCL. It all seems terrifying, especially when you realize that Donald Stephenson is now starting at left tackle while Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is your new right guard (Zach Fulton is now running with the second-team) and Jarrod Pughsley is at right tackle.
However, take a deep breath.
We are still almost a month away from a game that matters. The Chiefs are calling Fisher’s injury day-to-day, and he was working out on the sideline today in the medical tent with Allen. If their injuries were really bad, neither would have been on the field (see March, who has not been at practice over the last two days). Thomas only has a strained calf, so it’s safe to say he will return soon.
As for Bailey, hopefully his ankle is alright. We haven’t heard anything about how it was injured or the severity. There was no mention of it throughout practice, so it is tough to say. Ultimately, time is on Kansas City’s side. The next three games mean absolutely nothing, so getting our first-string veterans back for them is pointless.
It is much better that all of this is happening now rather than a few week from today. It’s all unfortunate, but my only real concern from all of this is whether Alex Smith survives the preseason. With Pughsley and Stephenson on the edges, and Duvernay-Tardif on the inside, that’s fairly horrifying.
Tweets, tweets, tweets……
Now for actual practice tweets ….