The Chiefs only carried seven offensive linemen on their game-day roster Sunday, which they knew would open them up to trouble if the injury bug hit — which it did.
Left tackle Eric Fisher went down with head and neck injuries, while left guard Jeff Allen left with an ankle injury. Center Mitch Morse went down with a concussion, which would have left them with only four healthy linemen, had Allen not returned to gut it out over the last two quarters.
On Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid praised Allen, who could be seen limping in between plays in the second half, for his toughness.
“He wanted to go back in the whole time, felt he’d be OK,” Reid said. “It wasn’t that we had to push him, it was just letting the reins off a little bit and he was out there.
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“He’s a tough kid and he’s been that way since we’ve been here. He’s had some injuries, but he always pushes through them if he can. If you can push through it, he’s going to push through it.”