Chiefs vs Texans: Winners and losers from Sunday night

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Quarterback Alex Smith
KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Quarterback Alex Smith /
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HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 08: Chris Conley
HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 08: Chris Conley /

Losers

Injuries

Most of the media will spend this week talking about the huge injuries suffered by the Texans. On the same drive, Houston lost key defenders J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus for the season. Those are devastating injuries for a team with high expectations, and could be season killers. But the Chiefs had a couple losses of their own.

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Travis Kelce missed the entire second half with a possible concussion after a cheap shot by Texans safety Marcus Gilchrist. Kelce made a great catch over the middle and was falling to the ground when Gilchrist dove head first at Kelce and smashed him helmet to helmet, making his head bounce off the turf. He could clearly see Kelce going to the ground, and all he had to do was touch him down. Instead he chose to go head hunting. He was flagged for a personal foul hit on a defenseless receiver and will be getting a fine from the league this week.

Kelce was able to come back in the game to finish off the drive, but he was nothing more than a decoy and never came out of the locker room following halftime. He seemed in high spirits after the game, telling onlookers he was fine but with a concussion you just never know. It could be a huge loss for the Chiefs if he misses any time.

However, the most devastating injury of the night came from what appeared to be a routine play by Chris Conley. He recovered an onside kick late in the fourth quarter and looked to be running free for a touchdown when he went to the ground clutching his leg. Replays showed why he was in pain when you could clearly see something pop and roll up his calf in one of the most disturbing videos I’ve seen in a while.

After the game Andy confirmed that Conley was out of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. The Chiefs will now need young talent like Demarcus Robinson and Jehu Chesson to step into Conley’s spot. Conley is a great guy in the locker room and his attitude and work ethic will be missed. We all hope for a strong recovery and look forward to see him back on the field next year. May the force be with Chris!