Andy Reid Shares Troubling Injury Setback on Chiefs’ Offensive Line

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Getty Images The Chiefs lead the NFL in average offensive yards per game (429.2 YPG) through Week 14.

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are going to need a strong performance from the offensive line in Week 15 if they’re going to push around the New Orleans Saints’ second-ranked defense.

According to Andy Reid though, the unit is trending in the wrong direction on the injury front. During his press conference on Wednesday, the Chiefs head coach announced that starting LT Eric Fisher (back), RT Mike Remmers (back) and LB Damien Wilson (knee) did not participate in the team’s first practice of the week.

Update: Both Fisher and Remmers were held out of Thursday’s team practice as well, per the team.

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Chiefs Thin on Offensive Line Depth

With All-Pro RT Mitchell Schwartz eligible but yet to return from injured reserve with a lingering back injury suffered in Week 6, Reid’s update means that Kansas City’s top three offensive tackles are all dealing with tight backs heading down the home stretch of the regular season.

Potential replacements at the tackle position should Remmers, or worse Fisher, not be able to suit up on Sunday are rookie Yasir Durant, who filled in for the ailing Remmers last week, and 2019 starter Martinas Rankin, who was a healthy scratch versus the Miami Dolphins as he works his way back to full strength from a knee injury suffered last November.

As his 24 snaps in Week 14 might suggest, Durant is the most game-ready of the two options and has clearly earned the trust of the coaching staff with his positional flexibility.

Yasir Durant in Line for First Career Start?

On Monday, Reid was non-committal on naming Durant as his starting right tackle if Remmers can’t go, but did offer some high praise of the first-year player.

“Well he’s a smart kid and I’m not telling you he’s not going to be in there, that’s not what I’m telling you,” Reid told reporters on Monday. “The one unique thing about him is that he plays guard and tackle for you and he can do both at a good level, so I think he’s got great upside.

“I mean the one thing none of us know, he hasn’t had to do it for an extended period of time so a week is a week, more than what he would’ve had and that’s a plus and one game is one more game ahead than what he’s had before and we all watch and see how things go.”

With depth quickly thinning, Kansas City also has four open roster spots — including two on the 53-man roster — to add a free agent after waiving WR Marcus Kemp and losing veteran OL Danny Isidora to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday.

Drew Brees Takes First Step Toward Return vs. Chiefs

Looking ahead to Sunday, the Saints (10-3), fresh off a 24-21 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles (4-8-1) and rookie QB Jalen Hurts, also designated QB Drew Brees for return from injured reserve on Wednesday afternoon, per Nick Underhill.

The decision comes on the heels of a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter earlier in the week that suggested New Orleans is “in no rush to bring back [Brees], and there’s still no timetable for when the quarterback might play again.”


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