Chiefs vs. Texans: Dee Ford, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif ruled out

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif /

The Kansas City Chiefs have ruled out three starting players on Sunday night against the Houston Texans, including two starters along the offensive line.

In addition to the long list of starting players who have already missed the last several games, the Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that three more players will miss Week 5 against the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football. Outside linebacker Dee Ford, center Mitch Morse and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif have all been ruled out for Sunday after missing practice all week long.

Every one of the players could be expected back as soon as next week if they can get healthy. Ford was a surprising scratch last week and is clearly suffering from a bad and lingering back injury. Morse was expected to miss several weeks after spraining his foot in Week 2, which means this will be his third week missed. Duvernay-Tardif injured his knee last week against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. His timeline remains week-to-week.

This means the Chiefs will head to Houston to face the Texans with significant holes up front along the offense interior. Chiefs fans and coaches will hope that Bryan Witzmann can continue to play solid at left guard and that maybe Parker Ehinger can come in and spell someone in a meaningful way or take over his old spot at left guard and send Witzmann elsewhere.

Zach Fulton will take over at center once again in place of Morse and it sounds like Jordan Devey will start in place of Duvernay-Tardif.