Eric Fisher’s absence decided by Andy Reid


After the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Houston Texans, one of the main storylines coming out of the day was whether right tackle Eric Fisher asked out of the starting lineup or if the coaching staff held him out. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported the Fisher requested a benching due to his high ankle sprain, something the Chiefs denied after the game, per Adam Teicher of ESPN.

"“They just said the medicals weren’t ready yet and that I was a backup, emergency player,” Fisher said. “It was completely their decision.”"

Head coach Andy Reid echoed that statement, saying that he saw some issues throughout the week, per Teicher.

"“It just looked like it,” he said. “I got to the point where it wasn’t getting better. So from that point, I had to make a decision and there was no time. We are talking Friday, right? I looked at the tape on Thursday … and it wasn’t right. He was trying to push through, but he was having a hard time getting his hips through and … so I said, ‘Hey, listen, we can’t put him in a position like that.’ So we went with Jah.”"

This was a situation that sparked plenty of debate throughout the Kingdom on Sunday morning. Fisher was being talked about as a wuss in some circles, which is amazing considering he is tough enough to play in the National Football League.

Fisher will now go through some more practice and treatment before Kansas City plays the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football this week. If he can’t play, we will likely see Jah Reid once more. Reid was actually solid against the Texans, only allowing two sacks to J.J. Watt, with one really coming on an Alex Smith scramble.