Chiefs are hopeful Kendall Fuller will play this week
Following a crushing 29-28 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last Thursday night, it shifted attention around the Kansas City Chiefs toward finishing out the season strong enough to secure the top overall spot in the AFC playoff picture.
Despite dealing with a thumb injury that has required surgery, head coach Andy Reid stated that starting cornerback Kendall Fuller could play in Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.
“This is a short-term thing,” coach Andy Reid said. “There’s a good chance he has an opportunity to play in the game coming up here.”
Fuller is dealing with a thumb injury with that he suffered back in the Week 14 win over the Baltimore Ravens that he was able to play through against the Chargers while wearing a cast. He had undergone surgery the following day to repair the injury, but this doesn’t appear that it will prevent him from being able to play. He has been able to play in every game this season where he has racked up 70 tackles along with two interceptions and a forced fumble.
The 23-year-old is in his first year with the Chiefs after being acquired in the trade over the offseason from the Washington Redskins that moved Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith. Fuller has quickly proven to be a major part of their secondary as one of their key pieces of that unit. Although they have had their fair share of issues defending against the pass, his presence has been crucial toward providing stability.
There should be more clarity on his availability for this week’s game as he has had the benefit of an extended period of 10 days to prepare. In the meantime, Reid’s comments do shed light that he is already on track to play in the pivotal late-season matchup.