The Kansas City Chiefs have been fortunate to be one of the healthiest teams in the NFL this season, but Andy Reid and the Chiefs squad may have to start doing some contingency planning as they prepare to meet the Buffalo Bills Sunday in New York.
Kansas City’s injury report is longer this week than last, but more unsettling for them is that this week their star running back Jamaal Charles is on top of the list this time. Charles’ practicing has been hampered this week as he nurses a sore knee that nearly bounced him out of the Chiefs’ 23-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.
Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano has been excluded from play for the Bills game, and there are additional entries to Kansas City’s injured roster, including Donnie Avery, Eric Fisher and Sean McGrath, though, the latter three have been practicing and should be available to play Sunday.
The Bills report fewer players on their injured roster, but may have some key staffing issues of their own for Sunday: quarterbacks Thaddeus Lewis and E.J. Manuel, as well as star running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson and wide receivers Stevie Johnson and Marquise Goodwin.
All were limited in or altogether out of practice this week.
Charles is expected to play for Kansas City against the Bills, but his knee woes are just a glimpse of a longer list of physical issues that he has had to fight through this season. If he keeps having to carry the offense as much as he has been, and without more help, it will be increasingly harder to keep him playing each week as the Chiefs’ schedule becomes more difficult.