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Chiefs’ Eric Fisher talks about his injuries as regular-season debut approaches


09/05/2013 1:26 PM

05/16/2014 10:09 AM

Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher dealt with shoulder and thumb issues throughout camp, but he apparently is doing his best to power through them as he prepares to make the first regular-season start of his career Sunday at Jacksonville.

“You’re never 100 percent in this league, even when the preseason starts,” Fisher said Thursday when asked how close he was to 100 percent. “You just try to give the best you’ve got to get the job done.”

Fisher, a rookie from Central Michigan and the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, may need to reach deep against the Jaguars. He is expected to log some snaps against defensive end Jason Babin, who had seven sacks last season and is being relied on to generate pressure from the “Leo” position, a staple of new Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley’s defense.

“Babin is a pretty crafty guy,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. “Fish will have his work cut out for him.”

Injury report

Safety Husain Abdullah had a sore left foot and will practice Thursday. Linebacker Nico Johnson (ankle) and guard Jon Asamoah (calf) also will not practice. Defensive end Allen Bailey remains excused for personal reasons.


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