It appears nose tackle Dontari Poe, who underwent back surgery for a herniated disk in July, is going to be available for the Chiefs’ season opener Sunday against the Houston Texans.
On the injury report released by the team on Friday, Poe, is listed as probable, which according to the league means it’s a virtual certainty he will be available for normal duty.
“There’s a pretty good chance (he plays),” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.
Poe, who is listed at 6 feet 3 and 346 pounds, is in position to contribute sooner than expected after undergoing a back procedure in July that sometimes takes upwards of three months to return from.
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Poe, 25, is in good shape, too, as inside linebacker Derrick Johnson revealed that Poe is down to somewhere around 330 and 335 pounds.
Poe is one of nine injured Chiefs listed as probable on the injury report. That includes receiver Jason Avant (hip), receiver Chris Conley (knee), tight end Demetrius Harris (foot), tight end Travis Kelce (ankle), linebacker Josh Mauga (Achilles’), defensive end Rakeem Nunez-Roches (ankle), Poe (lower back), receiver De’Anthony Thomas (calf) and receiver Albert Wilson (shoulder).
All were full participants in Friday’s practice, as were two offensive tackles — Jeff Allen (knee) and Eric Fisher (ankle) — who are listed as questionable, which means they have a 50-50 chance of playing.
Both players missed the Chiefs’ last three preseason games because of their respective injuries.
For the Texans, the following players are listed as out: running back Arian Foster (groin), guard Xavier Su’a-Filo (calf), inside linebacker Mike Mohamed (calf), safety Lonnie Ballentine (knee) and outside linebacker Carlos Thompson (concussion).
Left tackle Duane Brown (hand) is probable. As is outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee), nose tackle Christian Covington (shoulder) and inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (knee). All were full practice participants Friday.