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Chiefs' Alex Smith has a shoulder sprain, should be fine

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Alex Smith injured his shoulder but should be fine, according to Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

Peter Aiken

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced at Monday's press conference that QB Alex Smith has a shoulder sprain.

"Alex actually has a shoulder sprain that happened in the game," Reid said. "He was able obviously to go through the game and everything worked out OK. A bit sore today but should be fine."

It is Smith's right shoulder. That's kind of important because, um, he throws with it.

"He's tender today but he's upbeat about it," Reid said. "We did all the precautionary things looking at it. Just need a little time to get the soreness out of there."

According to Reid it happened right before halftime.

"He just kind of landed on it. Probably more of a bruise than anything. But it was tender."

I don't know exactly which play it happened on but Reid mentioned it happened right before halftime. I am guessing the play came on a Robert Quinn pass rush where he went right around Eric Fisher (the play after Fisher was flagged for a false start). Quinn chased Smith down for the sack where Smith landed on his right shoulder.

That is 264 pounds landing on top of him.

The Chiefs obviously need Alex Smith. I don't need to tell you that. Reid sounded optimistic he'd be OK but this will obviously be the first thing to monitor at Wednesday's practice for Jets week.