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Chiefs preseason: 'It would be a stretch' for Eric Fisher, Jeff Allen to play next week

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

I asked Andy Reid after the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks game if he wants to get this offensive line settled heading into the third week of the preseason, which is generally the one where the starters play the most. Reid said that they have a good idea of what they want the line to be but they need to get some guys healthy.

Two of those guys are offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Jeff Allen. Per Reid on a Saturday conference call with reporters, "it would be a stretch" for Fisher or Allen to be ready this week. That means we can prepare for another week of Donald Stephenson on the left side and Paul Fanaika (or someone else) on the right side.

Fanaika and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif had a few rough spots in Friday's game, which Reid commented on.

"It was good to see Fanaika at the right tackle spot, I thought he held his own," Reid said. "There were a couple hiccups there, but for just doing it for a couple days, I thought he did a nice job."

That's the thing to remember here. He's only been playing tackle for a few days and unless both Fisher and Allen are lost for the season (they're not) then Fanaika likely won't be starting at tackle.

"It was great to get Larry (Duvernay-Tardif) in there to get some work," Reid continued. "I know the screen play kind of looked weird, but the whole thing was kind of weird by the position that the back had to come out on. But he did some nice things and then there are some things that he can improve on, which he will - he just needs snaps."

Over on the left side, I thought Donald Stephenson had a pretty good game. He passes my "I didn't really notice him" test for whether an offensive lineman had a good game. It sounds like we're likely to see Stephenson again next week.

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