One of the early mysteries of this Chiefs season — aside from the team’s surprising 1-5 record — is the status of veteran offensive lineman Jeff Allen.
After missing practically all of the 2014 season because of an elbow injury, Allen, a fourth-year pro who was the starting left guard during the Chiefs’ 11-5 season in 2013, opened training camp as the starter at right guard.
After a few practices, Allen was eventually shifted to right tackle, and he was the starter there in the preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals. But he strained his MCL in that game and has not returned to the starting lineup since, although it is not considered to be two-month injury.
Allen, 25, has been active for the last three games, all losses. He’s also logged 16 special-teams snaps on the field-goal unit and two offensive snaps as the sixth offensive lineman when the Chiefs go unbalanced.
But he’s been unable to beat out second-year pro Zach Fulton at right guard or third-year pro Eric Fisher for the starting snaps at right tackle.
On Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid was asked if Allen is 100 percent.
“He’s pretty close to that, yeah,” Reid said.
Reid was also asked what, specifically, is keeping Allen, who will be a free agent after the season, from seeing more playing time.
“I’ll go through, I’m going to evaluate everything,” Reid said, offering no hints. “We’re still early after the (last) game, here.”