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Eric Fisher out, Tamba Hali questionable for Chiefs

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The Chiefs will kick off this year’s postseason tournament with a game against the Colts on Saturday afternoon and they’ll be doing it without the first overall pick of the 2013 draft.

The team announced that right tackle Eric Fisher has been ruled out of the game because of groin and shoulder injuries. Donald Stephenson, who has been filling in for Branden Albert at left tackle for the last few weeks, will move over to the right side with Albert expected back in the lineup.

Fisher struggled at times during his rookie season and Stephenson has been solid, so the Chiefs shouldn’t experience too much disruption from the loss. Should Albert’s knee issue flare up or some other injury strike, they will be left thin at tackle.

Linebacker Tamba Hali, who has not practiced this week, is questionable to play because of a knee injury. Linebacker Justin Houston is on track to return from an elbow injury, which would help Kansas City make up for Hali’s absence if he does wind up missing the game.

In a perfect world, though, they’d have both players pressuring Andrew Luck off the edges. We’ll find out on Saturday whether things broke their way.

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12 Responses to “Eric Fisher out, Tamba Hali questionable for Chiefs”
  1. knowerofallthings says: Jan 3, 2014 12:53 PM

    Yikes! Not looking good for the guys in red

  2. mrwalterisgod says: Jan 3, 2014 12:54 PM

    This is your shot, Alex Smith, to prove you can win without everything perfect around you.

  3. joetoronto says: Jan 3, 2014 1:08 PM

    Fisher and LaBamba suck anyway.

    No excuses. Go Colts!

  4. tjjohnson98 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:18 PM

    No way Tamba is missing this game. And “LaBamba” is probably the lamest attempt at an insulting nickname that I have ever seen. My 10 year old could do better.

  5. shayeezy says: Jan 3, 2014 1:41 PM

    there aren’t many teams in the league with a backup tackle as good as donald stephenson, and the line had arguably their best game of the season with him at RT and albert at LT.

    hali even at 80% would still be a big plus with justin houston back on the other side. will be a different game than the one two weeks ago.

  6. arrowdead says: Jan 3, 2014 1:59 PM

    Donald Stephenson has been such a great Chief over the past 2 years. He fills in almost every OL position with very little dropoff. At this point he is a better RT than Fisher (and Albert def needs to be resigned at LT, Fisher sooooo not ready; if KC had traded Albert to MIA it would have tested the depth after Stephenson).

    Chiefs pull it out 20 – 17.

  7. chrisk61 says: Jan 3, 2014 2:00 PM

    yes it will be a different game. indy is at home. indy will win by an even wider margin.

  8. jerrahsucks says: Jan 3, 2014 3:35 PM

    Nice #1 pick for your 10 year left tackle Walrus. Fisher sucks. Can’t even play left tackle in the NFL.

  9. sagatti says: Jan 3, 2014 7:56 PM

    Not good for a team BACKING into the playoffs… I’m sure Chiefs fan don’t want to hear it. Whats your record since starting 9-0?

  10. raiderapologist says: Jan 3, 2014 9:49 PM

    DJ Hayden thinks Fisher was picked too high. Jamaal Charles wonders why they didn’t take Cordarrelle Patterson instead. Or Keenan Allen, even. Charles could have used the help.

  11. keepyerstickontheice says: Jan 4, 2014 8:46 AM

    There’s always next year.

  12. jakealan31 says: Jan 4, 2014 11:09 AM

    This weekend will be a little different for the NFL – road teams get the win….

    Chiefs – confidence in pick – 80%
    Chargers – 60%
    Saints – 50% its a toss up
    49ers – 70%

    I’m not being a homer on the chiefs game I really think the chiefs just flat played bad that game. Maybe even held back.showing some stuff in anticipation of this rematch possibility. I think the Chiefs are flat out better than the colts…… Hope I’m right, fingers crossed. Lol

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