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Kansas City Chiefs expect Donnie Avery to start practicing soon

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Avery has been out with a groin injury but could start practicing soon.

Dilip Vishwanat

The Kansas City Chiefs exit the New York Jets game with just one new injury -- LB Jerry Franklin, a special teams contributor, has a hamstring strain. Even better news than the lack of injuries is that WR Donnie Avery could start practicing this week. Chiefs coach Andy Reid wouldn't commit to Avery practicing but said there's a chance. Avery had sports hernia surgery days before the Chiefs Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers. That was about a month ago and we thought this could be a six week injury so that sounds about right. Avery's absence hasn't helped the stat on the Chiefs being the only team without a wide receiver touchdown catch but they have been winning without him (3-1). We'll see how long the Chiefs take to get Avery back up to speed.

A few more injury notes for the Chiefs:

  • CB Jamell Fleming and LB Josh Martin have hamstring injuries. They did not play last week. They wouldn't practice today if the Chiefs did have a practice.
  • LB Joe Mays will continue to progress and Reid will just have to see how he does. He was placed on short term IR before the season and started practicing last week.
  • S Eric Berry made it out of the game without any injuries after missing six weeks with his ankle injury.