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Donald Stephenson’s ‘basketball’ ankle injury shouldn’t slow him, Chiefs coach Andy Reid says

Trainers took a look at Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson during the third quarter Thursday.
Trainers took a look at Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson during the third quarter Thursday. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Chiefs left tackle Donald Stephenson on Thursday suffered an ankle strain, which Andy Reid described as a “basketball injury,” and not a more serious high ankle sprain.

Stephenson left the Chiefs’ 31-24 loss to Denver late in the third quarter after getting his left leg rolled up by a Broncos defender. He was replaced by Eric Fisher, the projected starter at right tackle who has missed most of the first two games recovering from a high ankle sprain.

Stephenson missed only two plays. He returned after his injury and finished the game, logging 62 of the team’s 64 offensive snaps, plus four special-teams snaps.

Reid said he wasn’t sure how many more reps Fisher would see during the extended layoff before the Sept. 28 game at Green Bay.

“We’ll see how he feels,” Reid said. “The more stable the ankle is, the more he can push off, there a chance of (more reps).”

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