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.