The Kansas City Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers in three days so consider it concerning that starting CB Marcus Cooper was added to the injury report on Thursday. The Chiefs listed him as a limited participant in practice with a knee injury and that's about all we know. We'll get an update later today from the Chiefs but any mid-week injuries are concerning because you have less time to heal before the game. Plus, the Chiefs just spent the first two days of practice with Cooper in his starting spot -- the next man up, if Cooper couldn't play, wouldn't have as much time to prepare.
The Chiefs would normally just slide Ron Parker into Cooper's cornerback spot but Parker has been replacing Eric Berry at safety (and he has been playing better there). Berry remains out of practice so his chances of playing on Sunday are low, which means the Chiefs are probably going to need Parker at safety. Or else, as Terez Paylor suggests here, put Kurt Coleman at safety and move Parker back to corner.
There's no question Cooper has been picked on this season ...
... but he is a better option than rookie Phillip Gaines, who would likely replace him. At least right now. Gaines has been excellent as a gunner on special teams, especially last week, but he would be thrown into the fire if he were forced to start in Week 5. That would be a hell of a test for the third round pick out of Rice. This will turn into an interesting situation to monitor as we head into the weekend.
For fantasy football folks or those playing Fanduel, this would mean a potentially big day from
Marcus Cooper Colin Kaepernick.
In good news, De'Anthony Thomas is a full participant for the second straight day. If he's not playing on Sunday, it looks like it won't be for injury reasons.
Look for the Chiefs final injury report this afternoon. The Chiefs Thursday injury report is below. You can find the 49ers injury report at Niners Nation.
Donnie Avery (groin)
Did not practice
Eric Berry (ankle)
Jamaal Charles (ankle)
Sean Smith (groin)
Tamba Hali (knee)
Marcus Cooper (knee)
De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring)
Frank Zombo (hamstring)
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