Travis Kelce (knee) and Eric Fisher (concussion) have been declared out for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
Kelce has appeared in just one special teams snap against the Jacksonville Jaguars this season due to a knee injury he suffered during training camp. He was expected to compete for a starting spot with Anthony Fasano, who has had injury issues of his own, and play significant snaps for the Chiefs this season. That is still possible, but it would seem unlikely that he sees the field before the bye week.
Fisher is missing his first game of the season after suffering what was classified as a “mild concussion” against New York. He was replaced by Donald Stephenson. It is unknown how much more time Fisher will miss, but he has to be cleared by independent doctors before he is allowed to start practicing again.
The status of Kelce and Fisher headline what is a long injury list for the Chiefs. Listed as questionable were cornerback Brandon Flowers, tight end Anthony Fasano, and safety Kendrick Lewis. Flowers did not play against the Giants due to his knee injury, but said he would play against Tennessee. The status of the other two is unknown.
Nearly half the roster it seems is listed as probable, highlighted by starters Jamaal Charles, Jeff Allen, Jon Asamoah, Rodney Hudson, Dustin Colquitt and Anthony Sherman. Charles, like Flowers, has said he will play even though he missed Wednesday’s practice with blister issues. Allen, Asamoah, and Hudson are also expected to play.
Tennessee has listed quarterback Jake Locker, defensive tackle Sammie Hill, and running back Shonn Greene as out for Sunday. Former Chief Ropati Pitoitua is listed as questionable along with linebacker Patrick Bailey, starting right tackle David Stewart, and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson.
Kenny Britt is listed as probable.
The key injury here is Stewart’s calf injury. Tennessee is weak from the center to the right tackle as center Rob Turner is an average lineman, Chance Warmack is a rookie at guard, and Stewart is gimpy. This should help the Chiefs already strong pass rush as well in the run game.