The NFL is full of thrills: de-cleating hits, spinning breakaway runs, diving one-handed catches… The unfortunate circumstance of these un-human like displays of talent is that they often lead to injuries. It’s inevitable that players of this magnitude are going to get hurt. Teams juggle rosters on a weekly basis because of the fact.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos are feeling the effects of riding the injury merry-go-round going into Sunday. Both are coming off nauseating late-game losses and have been harshly tossed around.
Broncos starting defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson has been placed on the season-ending IR list. Kansas City DT Mike Devito is expected to return after missing last week. The Chiefs will likely be without their sack-leading linebacker Justin Houston, and Denver shut-down cornerback Champ Bailey will be back on the grid iron after sitting out last Sunday’s contest.
The MRIs performed on Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno and Kansas City LB Tamba Hali‘s ankles on Monday showed no significant damage, yet both are questionable to play.
Denver tight end Julius Thomas (out against the New England Patriots) and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are probable on Sunday. Chiefs offensive linemen Eric Fisher and Jon Asomoah are expected to play as well after not suiting for the San Diego Chargers game.
In the carnival we know as pro football, Kansas City will even have a replacement mascot this weekend. The man that normally dons the KC Wolf costume suffered serious injuries while practicing a zip line entry into Arrowhead Stadium earlier this week.
Witnessing amazing feats are what validate the price of admission to an NFL game. Unfortunately, injuries occur amongst the show’s performers on occasion; it’s a sad surety.
In realization that actual people exist inside animated stadium characters, Kansas City fans extend their prayers beyond the aforementioned players this Thanksgiving weekend, and include Dan Meers and his family. Meers has been the soul of KC Wolf’s antics since 1989. A speedy recovery is wished for all.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia.