The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to line up on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks without the services of CB Brandon Flowers, who is battling a hamstring injury. The Chiefs won't announce inactives until about 1:30 p.m. today but we're expecting Flowers' name to be on the list as he's been listed as doubtful on the injury report.
Flowers, as you know, is arguably the Chiefs best defensive player. So how the heck do you replace him? Answer: you don't. But you can try. The Chiefs have a few options on their hands.
There's Ricky Price, who was called up from the practice squad two weeks ago. He replaced Flowers last week when he went down but Todd Haley later indicated that's because Travis Daniels couldn't go. There's Donald Washington, who converted to safety from cornerback last year. Jackie Bates is another player who could be called into action.
And then there's Javier Arenas. As the Chiefs nickelback, can he replace Flowers?
"The techniques are similar and he has been in the room and he gets taught everything that corner is taught who plays outside," Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said of the nickelback position in general.
Of course, moving Arenas to replace Flowers means you need someone to replace Arenas at nickelback. "That goes with the theory of don’t weaken two spots," Haley said this week.
It sounds like Daniels would have replaced Flowers last week if he wasn't "having a little issue" and it also sounds like KC has some reservations about moving Arenas to cornerback. So I'll tentatively guess that we're going to see Daniels out there today.