The NFL debut of De'Anthony Thomas appears to be getting closer. KC Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Friday that DAT is ready to roll for his first NFL game after missing the first month of the season with a hamstring injury.
#Chiefs RB De'Anthony Thomas is "good to go" per coach Andy Reid.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) October 3, 2014
You'll see his impact felt in the Chiefs punt return game. With his speed, DAT is clearly dangerous as a punt returner. He does have a role on offense but in the early goings here it wouldn't surprise me if that role was limited. Joe McKnight did have six catches a couple of weeks ago, which is a role we thought DAT could be playing at some point. I'm excited and hoping this is finally the week he plays.
#Chiefs safety Eric Berry will not play on Sunday.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) October 3, 2014
Meanwhile, Eric Berry has been ruled out. Considering he didn't practice all week, that's not a surprise. Berry has not played since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 2. The Chiefs have been replacing him with Ron Parker to some surprising results. Some might say Parker, who has a history playing safety, is a better safety than cornerback. The other safety, Husain Abdullah, moves all around the place, too so the Chiefs have their options in coverage. (Update: Terez makes a good point here -- Parker back to corner and Kurt Coleman at safety. That probably makes more sense.)
As announced earlier this week, Donnie Avery will not be playing in this game either due to a recent surgery. The Chiefs will replace him with AJ Jenkins, among others.
CB Marcus Cooper injured his knee in Thursday's practice. He has been ruled questionable for the game. This is a potentially big injury with rookie Phillip Gaines possibly replacing him if he can not play.
De'Anthony Thomas listed as "probable" on #Chiefs injury report. CB Marcus Cooper "questionable" (knee). Eric Berry & Donnie Avery - OUT— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) October 3, 2014
RB Jamaal Charles, CB Sean Smith, LB Tamba Hali (limited on Friday) and LB Frank Zombo all listed as "probable". #Chiefs— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) October 3, 2014