Cornerback Marcus Peters had an active outing against his hometown Oakland Raiders in the Chiefs’ 26-10 win on Sunday. He recorded an interception and missed 11 snaps because of a shoulder stinger, a concussion test and to receive intravenous fluids.
But Chiefs coach Andy Reid didn’t seem very concerned Monday when asked if he expects Peters to play Sunday against New Orleans.
“Yeah, I think so,” Reid said. “I think he’ll be OK.”
Reid was a tad less confident about the status of third-year cornerback Phillip Gaines, whose knee has flared up after he tore an anterior cruciate ligament in September 2015. He played the Chiefs’ first three games as the third corner, sat out the fourth when he tweaked his knee in practice during the week, and played against the Raiders on Sunday until he had to sit again because of more discomfort.
“They’re looking at it now,” Reid said of Gaines’ knee. “It has reoccurred, and then it gets better. I don’t know exactly what they’re gonna decide on here.”
Reid said he has not yet met with head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder about the status of star outside linebacker Justin Houston, who was cleared to begin football-related activities last week but remains on the physically unable to perform list.
An early November return still seems possible for Houston, barring a setback, but Reid hinted Houston could be cleared for practice as early as this week.
“I think we’re close here, so we’ll see,” Reid said.