Injury luck hasn't been all it seems

October, 23, 2013
10/23/13
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs had each of their 53 players available for practice Wednesday, an unusual occurrence this time of the season. The Chiefs also had everybody available to them for practice last Friday and for last Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

They're fortunate, to be sure. But to say injury luck has been a factor in their 7-0 record is stretching things. They've had lengthy injury reports this season, and key players such as running back Jamaal Charles and free safety Kendrick Lewis have missed large chunks of practice time.

Cornerback Brandon Flowers missed two games and tight end Anthony Fasano has missed four. Dustin Colquitt has been punting on a bum knee. Two players the Chiefs were counting on, tight ends Tony Moeaki and Travis Kelce, were done for the season without taking a regular-season snap.

Rookie defensive back Sanders Commings broke his collarbone on the first day of training camp and only last week returned to practice.

So while the Chiefs are in good shape for now and haven't been hit as hard as many other teams, they've hardly escaped unscathed.

"We've been fortunate," coach Andy Reid said. "That's really what it is. The guys are back now and playing with us. We had our share. The guys that stepped in did a nice job, which helped.

"Some of it is chance. Sometimes you get those things. It happens. Sometimes they come in waves. That's how it works."

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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