Oct 6, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Donnie Avery (17) catches a pass in front of Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Injury Updates: Justin Houston Has Neck Injury


Justin Houston and Donnie Avery are among the notable names who came away from Sunday’s game with injuries.

Avery injured his shoulder after making a 41-yard reception after the Chiefs stuffed Tennessee at the goal-line. While the x-rays did not show any structural damage, Avery had a tough time lifting his arm above his shoulder. How much practice time he sees and whether or not he will be okay to play against the Raiders this Sunday is unclear.

This puts the Chiefs receiving situation in a really bad spot. Outside of Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs do not have much in terms of a viable passing threat. As a result, teams are shading the coverage towards Bowe and forcing Alex Smith to make a play. This may be part of the reason why Jamaal Charles is almost on pace for 100 passing targets. KC needs Avery and tight end Anthony Fasano to get healthy quickly so Smith has some other options to throw to.

Houston’s injury may not be as serious, but it is still a concern. The reigning AFC defensive player of the month “took a shot” to the head and neck at some point during the game. Houston, obviously, was able to continue playing. Head coach Andy Reid seems to think Houston will be okay, but the knowledge that Houston is now banged up is a concern for the Chiefs’ pass rush.

There is nothing new to report on right tackle Eric Fisher, who is still being treated for a concussion. His absence form yesterday’s game was not too much of a factor, however Kansas City does lose depth at the tackle position with him out.

Tight ends Travis Kelce is still recovering from a knee injury and Fasano still has a banged up ankle. Fasano appears to be the closest one to returning, but Reid told the Kansas City Star that Fasano wouldn’t be able to practice on Monday if there one planned. Last week Fasano was a limited participant in practice. He has not been active since week two against Dallas.

This is the first time Fasano has missed more than two games in a season in his career.

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  • Mark Bustamante

    Oh No!!! We can’t afford to lose Avery or Houston for extended periods of time. We need all our weapons to be successful. I’m worried that Bowe will be less of a factor if there is no other option for Smith. Hope DMc 22 shows up more

    • Jordan

      Don’t worry it’ll be hard for Bowe to be LESS of a factor dude is turning back into a bum lead the league my ass

      • Jim Harper

        Don’t be an idiot! Bowe has been getting double coverage and that is why he has not been getting the ball. Furthermore he is doing a lot of down field blocking to help his teammates. He is playing completely unselfish football.

        • Jordan

          For one elite receiver gets get doubled all the time if were to pay him like an elite those are excuses plus his routes look WEAK he rounds off almost every play Which if he was a speed receiver and blowing by people if say ok whatever but he’s not he should be relying on solid routes to get himself open think Wayne in Indy selfless he may be but he’s also regarded as an elite there are no excuses for a lot of the things I see him do on a play by play basis and don’t get me wrong I love bowe I name my fantasy team after him each year we’ve seen greatness in him but he looks lazy this year and as far as his blocking goes keep it up but as a receiver I think someone needs to light a fire under him again

          • Jim Harper

            I would love to comment on what you just said if I could understand what you just said. Your sentences ramble and make no sense to me.

          • Jordan

            Touché touché Mr. Harper I was on my phone and in a hurry didn’t get a chance to proof read

  • chief4ever

    Can not figure out how McCluster is not on the field more. What am I missing? Chad Hall??? had three targets in the first few series??? Really??? Can anyone post why Dexter is not worthy of focus? Go Chiefs !