KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nose tackle Dontari Poe arrived for work on Monday with a high ankle sprain. That was a surprise to the Kansas City Chiefs, much as it was a surprise to him. He injured the ankle in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
“Really, he didn’t feel anything until he woke up [Monday morning]," coach Andy Reid said.
The injury prevented Poe from practicing Wednesday and will likely keep him out of Sunday's game against the Vikings in Minnesota and for a few weeks beyond.
Poe had surgery in July to remove a herniated disk from his back, but he returned for the start of the regular season. He began as a part-time player but has received more and more playing time as the season has progressed. He played 64 defensive snaps, or 82 percent, against the Bears.
The Chiefs have the depth to withstand the loss of Poe. Jaye Howard has been a standout this season, particularly against the run. The Chiefs also have Allen Bailey, Mike DeVito and Nick Williams on their defensive line.
The Chiefs are a better team with Poe in their lineup, but his loss for a few weeks doesn't have to be devastating.