Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert’s knee injury may not be as serious as it appeared on Sunday.
Albert was carted off the field in the second half of Sunday’s loss to Denver, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said on Monday that Albert suffered a hyperextended knee and would be a “day-to-day situation” leading to the upcoming game at Washington.
Tight end Anthony Fasano, who caught a touchdown pass for the third straight game, is undergoing protocol for a concussion “and is doing well in that area, and also had a bit of a knee strain,” Reid said.
Reid said outside linebacker Justin Houston, who missed the Denver game because of a subluxation of his right elbow, is making progress and “is going to shoot” for playing at Washington.
“I don’t know if that’s real or not real,” Reid said. “But that’s his mindset. We’re going to see how he does here. He’s in a day-to-day situation. He’s made some strides, but that would be quite a feat if he were able to make it.”
Despite the Chiefs’ loss to Denver on Sunday, they still can clinch a playoff berth with a win at Washington.
If Kansas City, 9-3, beats Washington, and either Miami, 6-6, loses or ties at Pittsburgh, or Baltimore, 6-6, loses or ties at home to Minnesota, the Chiefs will be assured of at least a wild-card berth.
Reid vs. Washington
Chiefs coach Andy Reid was 17-11 against Washington during his 14 seasons at Philadelphia, including 10-4 at FedEx Field.
“It’s hostile territory,” Reid said of playing at Washington. “It’s loud they’ve got a good football team, well-coached. That fight song you don’t want to hear that too much.”
A ratings hit again
The Chiefs and Broncos are boffo when it comes to television ratings.
Two weeks after the clubs posted the best primetime overnight rating for a November game in 17 years, CBS’ national doubleheader coverage, highlighted by the Denver-Kansas City rematch, posted a 17.4 rating and 31 audience share, making it the highest-rated NFL game window of the day on any network, including prime time.
The Chiefs’ game at Denver on Nov. 17 posted a 16.6 overnight rating and 27 share on NBC.
Daniel a proud Tiger
Chiefs backup and former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel was proud of the Tigers advancing to the SEC Championship game by beating Texas A last Saturday night.
Daniel, who led the Tigers to 2007 and 2008 Big 12 title games, feels like his teams shared a piece of the SEC East title by laying the foundation for this team’s success.
“Not only our team, but teams of the past, starting with when Coach (Gary) Pinkel was there,” Daniel said. “We laid the groundwork with these guys this senior class, from everyone I’ve heard from, is a bunch of special guys. Their leadership has shown throughout the season, and (quarterback) James (Franklin’s) leadership has shown throughout the season, being hurt, still being in guys’ ears.
“He’s undefeated as a senior, and hopefully he’ll keep it going.”