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Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano expects to play this week, barring setback

Updated: 2013-10-17T14:33:55Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

Thanks to ankle and knee injuries, it's been a month since tight end Anthony Fasano has suited up for the Chiefs.

However, the eight-year pro — who was missed the last four games after missing four total in his entire professional career — was cautiously optimistic Wednesday that his long wait to return to the field is poised to come to an end.

“It's a frustrating injury that I'm going to have to continue to deal with,” Fasano said. “But I feel it's time to try to play.”

So that means he's going play Sunday against Houston?

“Yeah, I'm pretty confident,” Fasano said. “If I don't have any setbacks.”

That's not to say Fasano, who started the first two games, is 100 percent. He said you would have a hard time finding any Chief who is right now.

“It's feeling better day-by-day,” Fasano said. “I think we've done everything we could, rehab-wise, to get it there. It's not 100 percent but it feels pretty good.”

In Fasano's absence, Sean McGrath has stepped up as a solid target, though he didn't record a catch against Oakland on Sunday.

When asked what he could bring to the Chiefs' offense, Fasano wasn't about to make any predictions.

“Time will tell,” he said. “I think we're better off with tight ends involved in the game plan. Sean and Kevin (Brock) have done a great job. I hope to add to it.”

Lewis won't practice

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said safety Kendrick Lewis won't practice today. Lewis has been playing through a sprained ankle for several weeks.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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