The injury bug is spreading among the Kansas City Chiefs. Symptoms arose early this season in the defensive backfield and have worked their way into the trenches. Going into Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, four starting Chiefs’ linemen, two on each side of the line of scrimmage, are now infected.
DE Mike Devito is out, DE Tyson Jackson and OG Jon Asamoah are questionable and OT Eric Fisher is listed as doubtful. No team is immune to the epidemic, and there is no vaccine to prevent it. In fact, taking a shot usually causes it.
It started in the secondary. All of the third-level players on Kansas City’s defense have missed snaps due to injury this year except strong safety Eric Berry. Cornerback Brandon Flowers has missed two games because of it. Like a virus, opposing offenses have attacked what they perceived to be the weakest cells of the Chiefs defensive body and have found themselves coughing (up the football).
Kansas City’s starting secondary has five interceptions this year. They also have 25 passes defended, zero forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two touchdowns.
In comparison, their replacements have six INTs. The backups have successfully defended 28 passes, forced a fumble and also recovered two. They have scored two touchdowns as well. Reserve CB Marcus Cooper leads the team in passes defended (14) and fill-in safety Quintin Demps has picked off the most passes.
The Chiefs deep backfield bench has matched or out-performed the starters, in those five statistical categories. Granted, they are also involved in special teams play, but still have way fewer opportunities.
My point is that coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey have been resilient to whatever strain is affecting safeties and cornerbacks. My fingers are crossed that it jumps over the linebackers, and that it’s not contagious enough to reach the offensive backfield.
We’ll find out Sunday if the anecdote works at the first point of contact.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia.