Thursday, September 19, 2013
Eagles-Chiefs injury update
By Stephania Bell
Brandon Flowers is a key to Kansas City's defense, but he may sit out Thursday night.
Given all the injuries to key fantasy players in Week 2, it's somewhat surprising there aren't more to report for the Thursday night game. One of the more significant question marks from a general team perspective is Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers, who was held to limited practice this week with a knee injury. Flowers had 10 solo tackles in Week 2 and an interception in the season opener, so his absence would not go unnoticed. He is listed as questionable, and his status may not be known until game time.
Perhaps most notable for fantasy owners is Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who entered Week 2 with a thigh contusion, but he is no longer on the injury report.
Let's take a look at the fantasy-relevant players who actually are on the injury report: a trio of tight ends.
Brent Celek, shoulder (probable): Celek was clearly uncomfortable after suffering a shoulder injury late in the Eagles' Week 2 contest, but he finished the game. More uncomfortable for fantasy owners might be the limited targets he has had (four, including just one in Week 2) this season. He remains the Eagles' top tight end, although the opposing Chiefs defense may not help his cause. Celek was listed as a full participant in practice throughout the week, and the probable tag indicates the Eagles expect him on the field Thursday night.
Kansas City Chiefs
Anthony Fasano, ankle (doubtful), and Travis Kelce, knee (questionable): The Chiefs' top two tight ends are on the injury report, and one of them is virtually assured of sitting out. Fasano was a nonparticipant in practice Tuesday and Wednesday (the Chiefs did not practice Monday) because of an ankle injury and is listed as doubtful. He is expected to miss Thursday night.
Meanwhile, Kelce suffered a bone bruise in his knee during the preseason and is still on the mend. Although a bruise doesn't sound serious, the concern with bruising of bone is the risk of progression to a more significant injury such as a stress fracture, hence the caution. Despite being active Week 1, the rookie saw no playing time, and he has yet to catch an NFL regular-season pass. Kelce did practice on a limited basis Tuesday and Wednesday, but that has been his activity level for the past couple of weeks. His status -- not to mention his level of contribution, if he does play -- is questionable.