ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 18: Austin Pettis #18 of the St. Louis Rams catches a pass against Jacques Reeves #35 of the Kansas City Chiefs during a pre-season game at the Edward Jones Dome on August 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
When the player who could be starting for your team last played two-plus years ago you know you may have a problem. That's the case with cornerback Jacques Reeves who now steps into the starting spot with Jalil Brown, the backup, out and Brandon Flowers missing due to injury.
If you look Reeves up on the league's website, you see they stopped tracking stats for him in 2009. That's because he hasn't played since 2009.
He broke his leg in 2009, which is a big reason he's been sitting out since then. Reporters spoke to him yesterday and he revealed another reason he's been sitting out.
"Another part of the reason was my mom's health," Reeves said of sitting out in 2010 and 2011. "She had transplant surgery. I'm her only son, so I had to take care of her, get her right. That came first at the time."
Whoa. Liver and kidney transplant, that is.
Pretty easy to forget that NFL players are actual people with real-life problems just like the rest of us.