November 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) is injured in the second half of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium. The Bengals won 28-6. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Injury Report: Three Starters Miss Practice

Kansas City is a on a quick turnaround after their win Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys as they’ll travel to Philadelphia for a Thursday night tilt against the Eagles.

Because of the short week, there is likely to be more caution taken with injured players. This is certainly the case when looking at the injury report released by the Chiefs and Eagles this evening. Here’s the Chiefs injury list:

DID NOT PRACTICE: Branden Albert (shoulder), Anthony Fasano (ankle), Brandon Flowers (knee), James-Michael Johnson (neck), Travis Kelce (knee).

Albert, Fasano, and Flowers continued to play Sunday despite their injuries. This is a good sign for their likelihood to play on Thursday night.

Albert is key as the offensive line struggled with Donald Stephenson playing left tackle. Kansas City is going to need strong offensive line play if they are going to beat the Eagles on the road. Resting Albert makes sense.

It is not a surprise Flowers has an injured knee considering how many times he was burned by Dez Bryant on Sunday.  He did not miss any time against Dallas so he should be good to go Thursday.

Fasano’s is the big concern. It is unknown how bad his injury is, and if it is a high ankle sprain then he will likely miss more than just one game.

With Kelce out of practice with a knee injury, the tight end position has quickly become a nightmare. Kelce may be good to go Thursday, but he first snap he plays Thursday would be only his second snap of his career. The Chiefs need Kelce to be as healthy as possible, otherwise we’re looking at a lot of Sean McGrath. Yikes.

LIMITED PRACTICE: Mike DeVito (neck)

DeVito suffered a stinger, but still played quite a bit on Sunday anyway. Given how cautious Kansas City is being with other starters, it says a lot about the severity of his injury that he’s still practiced today.

FULL PRACTICE: Nico Johnson (ankle) and Dezman Moses (toe).

Johnson has yet to make his NFL debut, but one would think he is closer to clearing that hurdle. KC could use his talents on special teams at the very least.

The Eagles are mostly healthy entering Thursday night’s game.

Cornerback Bradley Fletcher has been cleared to return after suffering a concussion in week one of the season against Washington. How much he’ll be used is unknown, but it’ll be helpful to the Eagles considering how poorly their secondary played against San Diego.

Reserve cornerback Brandon Hughes did not practice because of a hamstring injury.

Everybody else was a full participant in practice, including Brent Celek, Jason Kelce, and Brandon Boykin.

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