For the second straight week the Kansas City Chiefs are in a pretty good spot with their injury list. A welcome sign, especially with a bye week coming up to allow the few bumps and bruises that do exist to heal up a little more.
First, only Mike Catapano, who has a high ankle sprain, has been declared out for the Buffalo game this weekend. Catapano has seen a lot of special team duty and a few snaps on defense so far the season. His injury will effect depth but will be felt most on special teams.
Jamaal Charles was the only player to not practice Wednesday. He is listed with a knee injury to go along with a host of other things that have built up over the course to the first eight weeks. There is no other player more ready for the bye week than Charles, one would imagine.
Right now there is no risk of Charles missing Sunday’s game, but that could always change. We’ll keep an eye out for it.
Anthony Fasano and Ron Parker were each limited in practice. Fasano, knee and ankle injury, has been limited for the most part since returning from injury. Parker has been dealing with his toe injury for a couple of weeks now as well.
Everyone else was a full participant in practice, including Dwayne Bowe (groin), Donnie Avery (shoulder), Eric Fisher (knee, back), Kendrick Lewis (ankle), Sean McGrath (knee), Dezman Moses (toe), and Anthony Sherman (knee, calf).
Buffalo’s injury situation is a bit more dire. Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson, Thad Lewis, and Kyle Williams – all of whom are starters – missed practice on Wednesday. Lewis, who is filling in at quarterback while E.J. Manuel works his way back from a knee injury, has been declared “50/50″ for Sunday’s game.
C.J. Spiller was also limited in practice. He missed last week due to an ankle injury, though early indications are that he is expected to play. Still, he and Jackson are both hobbled coming into Sunday’s game.
Ratliff was let go by the Cowboys after he became eligible to return from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list after week six. He was attempting to return from sports hernia surgery and a strained hamstring.
Some believe his release was more off-the-field related than on-field. Ratliff was arrested for driving while intoxicated in January and was reported to have gotten into an argument with Jerry Jones last season.
Ratliff is 32 and his a four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman.