Six Chiefs missed at least part of practice Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s game in Washington. Four missed all of practice.
Branden Albert (knee), Anthony Fasano (concussion), Dexter McCluster (non-injury related) and Justin Houston (elbow) all missed practice Wednesday. McCluster was not at practice due to the birth of his daughter, so he should be fine for Sunday. (Also: Congrats, Dexter!)
Great news came in the form of a statement from Andy Reid who said Houston is shooting for a return from a subluxation of his right elbow. There wasn’t much elaboration to that from Reid, but the chance he could be back sooner than later is good to hear. Kansas City needs the pressure he provides opposite of Hali in order for their defensive scheme to work.
Albert hyperextended his knee in Sunday’s loss to Denver and is considered day-to-day by Reid. There is some reason to believe he will be fine to play at Washington. If not, Donald Stephenson will start at left tackle with Eric Fisher holding down the right side.
Fasano finds himself under the watchful eye of the NFL’s concussion protocol, so trying to make a judgement on when he will be back is not as easy to pin down. It should be noted that Fasano is also dealing with a knee injury, so the rest isn’t an entirely bad thing for him. Should Fasano not be able to play Sean McGrath will start in his place.
Washington had seven players who missed at least part of practice yesterday. Safety Brandon Meriweather (chest), tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) and tackle Trent Williams (foot) were among the major names who missed all of practice. Defensive back DeAngelo Hall and linebacker London Fletcher were limited.