Chiefs may have escaped a serious Branden Albert injury

AP

Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert left Sunday’s loss to the Broncos on a cart, with a knee injury.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the current thinking is that the Chiefs dodged a bullet.

Confirmation of that reality (or not) will come on Monday, when Albert undergoes an MRI exam.

Albert, the team’s franchise player in 2013, is due to become an unrestricted free agent in March.  A serious knee injury would have dramatically impacted his market value.

If healthy, the Chiefs may have no choice but to use the franchise tag again on Albert, or to sign him to a long-term deal.  Right tackle Eric Fisher, the first overall pick in the 2013 draft, has struggled this year.  Fisher may not be ready to move to the left side in 2014.