Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines missed the club’s 43-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday because of a knee injury, but coach Andy Reid stopped short of saying Gaines reinjured his knee in practice last week.
“He tweaked it, I’m not going to say he reinjured it,” Reid said. “Whatever it was, we just decided to back off there. That’s how these things sometimes work.”
Gaines, the Chiefs’ third corner, played in the club’s first three games before sustaining the injury last Thursday. He missed most of last season because of a torn ACL.
Gaines, 25, has 16 tackles, a pass deflection and a forced fumble this season.