Chiefs mostly healthy before Bengals game


The Kansas City Chiefs are struggling to get themselves rolling in the early part of the 2015 National Football League season, but injuries are not part of the problem.

Going into Sunday’s contest against the Cincinnati Bengals, the only players missing because of injury are cornerback Phillip Gaines and perhaps wide receiver Albert Wilson. Gaines tore his ACL against the Green Bay Packers and will miss the rest of the season, while Wilson sustained a shoulder injury and is considered questionable. If Wilson is out, look for rookie Chris Conley to get additional reps.

If you look around the league, you realize how lucky Kansas City is. The San Diego Chargers have watched their offensive line rotate on an almost play-by-play basis due to injuries, while the Dallas Cowboys are without Dez Bryant and Tony Romo for at least another month. The New York Giants are shorthanded with Ereck Flowers, Will Beatty and Victor Cruz on the shelf, and the Chicago Bears have been missing Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffrey.

Kansas City has more than enough talent to get the train back on the tracks. Cornerback Sean Smith is now back form suspension, a huge lift for a struggling secondary. If the first three games did not prove that general manager John Dorsey needs to lock up Smith, nothing ever will.

On the offensive line, both Jeff Allen and Eric Fisher are now 100 percent. If Allen can’t unseat Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, he should just retire. Seriously, head coach Andy Reid has to insert Allen into the starting lineup, right?