OAKLAND CA - NOVEMBER 07: Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders catches a pass over Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
We spent a lot of time worrying over whether Dwayne Bowe needed to be at training camp and play in the preseason.
In hindsight, we should've been wondering about Brandon Flowers, too.
The Chiefs cornerback has missed all but a handful of days of camp and has not played in a preseason game to date. Romeo Crennel said in a Saturday night conference call with reporters that Flowers is unlikely to be involved in Thursday's preseason finale against the Green Bay Packers.
"I'd say it's doubtful," Crennel said when asked if he's expecting Flowers back next week, "because we're going to play on Thursday, and he hasn't practiced. If you don't practice, it's hard to play."
Last week at this time I was only mildly concerned about Flowers being ready for the opener. Now? We may have ourselves a serious problem, folks. Tuesday will be four weeks since Flowers was initially hurt. The Chiefs have been honest in saying they don't know exactly what's going on. There is no known timetable. I just don't know what to say.
Even if Flowers returns to practice this week, how ready will he be? A heel injury makes this difficult because it's not like he can stay in shape, save riding the exercise bike.
And then when he does come back, how long will it take him to get acclimated again and feel 100 percent?
I'm just worried that this is gonna go on for a while.
Chiefs fans are as qualified as anyone to tell you what a lax preseason workout schedule can do for you. Todd Haley's 2011 preseason was unusual in that he slowly ramped up to game speed. Players spent a good chunk of camp just working out and staying in shape, non-football stuff.
Should we be more worried than we are about Flowers?